Manchester City are ready to beat rivals Manchester United to the signing of Dutch international midfielder Wesley Sneijder.


Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson was interested in bringing the 27-year-old to the Red Devils last summer, but now Roberto Mancini has resolved to bring the Inter Milan man to the Etihad Stadium, according to Metro.


The Citizens beat United to the Premier League title on goals difference in the dying minutes of the season and now Mancini is looking to bolster his squad as he prepares for the defence of their crown.


Sneijder’s link with United last summer was down to the retirement of Old Trafford legend Paul Scholes and the need for a creative midfielder to fill the hole left by he former England international.


However, they could not agree a deal and Scholes came out of retirement in January, almost helping Ferguson’s side to regain their championship.


The report claims that any deal will not be completed until after Euro 2012, where Sneijder is expected to play a key role with the Netherlands.

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