Sir Alex Ferguson’s hopes of landing Inter Milan ace Wesley Sneijder have taken a blow as a senior executive at the Serie A club stood firm on the playmaker’s future.
Inter’s chief executive officer, Ernesto Paolilli, said: “Sneijder is here and he’s an important part of our team.
“Not so much of what is read in the papers is the truth. As for Sneider, there is complete intention that he will stay with us.”
Reports had suggested that Manchester United were on their way to signing the Dutch international for £30 million, and both Ferguson and Paul Scholes – who leaves the midfield for a backroom role at Old Trafford – have discussed the player.
But Paolilli’s sentiments on Sneijder seem to echo Ferguson’s recent comment that, for the most part, talk about the player moving to Manchester United was much more prevalent in the newspapers than it was between the two clubs.
Sky Sports has been suggesting that Inter Milan may be prepared to take on Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov as part of a deal for Wesley Sneijder, although the Serie 'A' giants have not confirmed the claim.
The Bulgarian was coincidentally bought from Tottenham Hotspur for £30 million in 2008, but a straight swap for Sneijder, who is three years younger than Berbatov, now looks even more unlikely with PSG also keen on the forward.