Manchester United and Manchester City are leading the race for Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder, it has been claimed.
According to Manchester Evening News, the city rivals are 'locked in a battle' for the £30 million-rated Holland international, who could still leave the San Siro this summer.
Both United and City are known to be after a creative midfielder and Sneijder appears to fit the bill, especially as Tottenham remain firm in their stance not to sell Luka Modric.
United had been tipped to follow Chelsea's lead by making a formal approach for the 25-year-old Croatia international, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has issued a curt 'hands-off' warning to any potential suitors.
Should United heed the advice of Levy, they are expected to either reignite their interest Sneijder - or Arsenal's Samir Nasri - but will have to compete with the financial clout of City for the former.
It had previously been reported that Sneijder favoured a move to United over City but, despite today's developments, Inter president Massimo Moratti expects the 27-year-old to stay.
Sneijder would certainly provide United with an extra spark in the middle - something Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to add to his armoury after Paul Scholes brought the curtain down on his illustrious Old Trafford career.
Roberto Mancini, meanwhile, is said to have identified Sneijder as a player will the ability to take City to the next level as they pursue glory in Europe and domestically.