Reports suggest that Manchester United are continuing their pursuit of Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder as they look to sign a fourth player in this season's transfer market.
Phil Jones, David de Gea and Ashley Young have all arrived at Old Trafford for a combined fee of £55m as the champions busily ready themselves of the new season, at the end of which they hope to offset Barcelona as the best club in Europe.
Following the retirement of midfield spine Paul Scholes, the champions have been linked to Dutchman Sneijder for most of the summer, with a report in the Daily Mail suggesting he is ready to make the move to England.
The report said that United were preparing a £35 million bid for the Dutchman as he is known to be favourable to making the move. However, a possible stumbling block for the deal could be his wages. Sneijder currently earns £170,000-a-week at Inter, meaning United will have to pay far more than what they pay their highest earner - Wayne Rooney with £220,000-a-week - due to the higher tax rates in England.
The report quoted a source as saying, It will be a question of whether Wesley will accept a salary which puts him on the same level as Wayne.
Another player who could make the move to Old Trafford is Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra who is looking to move away from the Bernabeu, and with manager Jose Mourinho leaving him out of his side's pre-season trip to the US, he soon could be.
The Metro reported that United are interested in Diarra and in fact, were reported to be lining up a bid for the the 26-year-old last month. However the report goes on to suggest that United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has shifted his focus to Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
Dimitar Berbatov is one of the players who was touted to leave United. The Bulgarian had one of his best seasons at Old Trafford last-season as he was the joint top scorer in the league with 20 goals last season. Unfortunately for him, the fine partnership between his striker partners, Rooney and Javier Hernandez, saw him dumped to the bench during the latter stages of the season.
However, The Daily Mail has quoted Ferguson as saying that the Bulgarian would remain at the club for the upcoming season.
Ferguson said, It was a difficult decision to leave him out of the final and I know he was disappointed. But we have had a long chat and he has accepted the decision and is looking forward to the new season.
Berbatov will be tested though as Tottenham are reportedly planning a double-coup, targeting their former forward Berbatov along with central defender Johnny Evans. Caughtoffside.com has reported that Sir Alex could be coaxed into selling the twosome as he has already spent heavily in the transfer market so far, and will look to recoup some of that sum.