Manchester City could make a shock swoop for Wesley Sneijder, in a swap deal with Carlos Tevez, according to the Daily Mail.
Tevez has long been poised to exit Manchester City this summer, with the captain insisting he is homesick and hasn’t enjoyed living in northern England.
And while Sneijder has been a long standing target for Manchester United, with Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly desperate to sign the playmaker as a replacement for the retired Paul Scholes, City believe they can outfox their rivals and create an even more frosty reception the next time they head to Old Trafford.
While Manchester City said that Tevez had come to an agreement with the Corinthians over a £40 million move, the Brazilian side said that no deal was actually in place, leaving City in a difficult position over getting a decent price for Tevez.
Manchester United have continued to distance themselves from a deal with Sneijder, though Ferguson has hinted in his comments that a deal for the Dutchman has a lot of difficulties associated with it.
"We are looking at some things but I am not so sure Sneijder will be easy to get," the United manager said.
But should Inter be interested in Tevez, City may be able to steal the £35 million rated playmaker from Ferguson’s clutches.