Manchester United's chances of signing Wesley Sneijder may have taken a significant blow after Chelsea entered the race for his signature, it has been claimed.
According to The Mirror, United are 'confident' of landing the £30 million-rated Dutchman, but Guus Hiddink wants the Inter Milan playmaker to become his first signing when he takes the reins at Stamford Bridge next week.
Sneijder, 26, has reportedly been identified by Sir Alex Ferguson as an ideal successor to Paul Scholes, who brought curtain down on his illustrious Old Trafford last week, while the midfielder wants to secure a summer switch to Manchester.
"We know that Wesley is really keen to move to Manchester, I think it is United most of all," Dutch journalist Marcel van deer Kraan told talkSPORT.
"He knows that Scholes is retiring and that is the job for him, the role is made for him at Old Trafford."
However, it would appear that United will have to do battle with their Barclays Premier League rivals as Chelsea too look to add a creative spark to their midfield during the transfer window.
Chelsea and United are also both reportedly monitoring Tottenham star Luka Modric in order to plug their respective holes.