Wesley Sneijder has indicated he is willing to leave Internazionale this summer – and join rivals AC Milan, according to Goal.com.
Sniejder has been a long-term target for Manchester United, and has once more been linked with a move to the Red Devils after Inter’s woeful season in which they missed out on Champions League qualification.
Sneijder was previously expected to leave the Milan outfit but president Massimo Moratti had persuaded him to remain at the club, with the Dutch star saying over the weekend that he is happy to stay put.
"Massimo Moratti's words pleased me, as I'm sure next year will be a different story and the president will sign important players," Sneijder said. "In any case, I am happy at Inter and feel like part of the group."
However Goal.com tell a different story, with revelations that Sneijder’s agent Soren Lerby has already indirectly approached Milan director Adriano Galliani about a possible summer switch to Inter’s arch-rivals.
It is also reported that Sneijder himself has sought help from AC Milan midfielder Kevin Prince-Boateng in order to orchestrate a move away from the Nerazzurri.
The news could spell the end of Manchester United’s lengthy pursuit of the 27-year-old, a turn of events likely to disappoint fans who are desperate for an indication of the club’s ambition after missing out on the Premier League title to Manchester City.
The return of Paul Scholes this season has allowed the Red Devils extra time to seek out a long-term replacement for the 37-year-old, who has already confirmed his intention to play on for another season.
A fee of around €25 million will be needed in order to lure the former Real Madrid man away from Inter. The relatively modest fee quoted by Goal.com may be enough to tempt United into making an offer having been quoted a price of almost double that last summer.