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City came close to Sneijder

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Manchester City came close to signing long-term United target Wesley Sneijder, after Carlos Tevez's representative Kia Joorabchian revealed his client was offered in a part-exchange deal for the Inter Milan star.

The super agent explains that Citizens boss Roberto Mancini expressed an interest in the Dutch playmaker over a fortnight ago, with a view to orchestrating a swap deal involving the club's want-away Argentinian star.

The move would have come as a surprise to many, as wide-ranging reports suggested that it was in fact City's neighbours and near rivals Manchester United who were the ones looking to orchestrate a deal - after Sneijder had been earmarked as the long-term Old Trafford successor to the retired Paul Scholes.

Joorabchian claims that Etihad Stadium officials pulled out of the deal at their own discretion, after City successfully negotiated the signing of Samir Nasri from Arsenal in a deal worth £24million.

If however, the deal for the Frenchman fell through, then City would have responded by pushing through a swap deal for Sneijder.

"I know that Inter were offered Sneijder in exchange for Carlos about a week or two weeks ago but after they signed Nasri it was over," Joorabchian said in an interview with talkSPORT.


 

"They [City] had too many players in that same position. [But] if Nasri hadn't have gone, then that deal would probably have protracted."

Tevez had been made available for transfer at a fee of £50million, and after a lack of interest in last season's joint Barclays Premier League top goalscorer, the Argentine has now been forced to stay in England, until January at least.

The arrival of compatriot Sergio Aguero, for a club record £38million fee, is a signal of intent that City are ready to move on, with or without Tevez. But the prospect of the two South American striker's developing a prolific partnership in tandem with each other, can only bode well for the club in 2011-12.

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