Paris Saint-Germain are ready to make a January offer for Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder, and will look to sweeten the deal by offering the Italian club Javier Pastore in return according to reports in Italy.
Sneijder’s career at Inter appears to be nearing its conclusion after the Dutch midfielder was issued an ultimatum to either take a pay cut or be excluded from first team action.
The 28-year-old currently commands a £200,000-per-week wage packet and has been asked to accept a new deal with a reduced salary in order to help out the cash-strapped club by club director Marco Branca, but has refused to do so and could quit the Nerazzurri in January.
That has prompted more speculation Sneijder could be approached by Manchester United, who have been heavily linked with a move for him in recent years.
The Red Devils reportedly came close to landing their man in 2010 but baulked at his wage demands -and still look short of midfield options at Old Trafford having failed to land a genuine quality replacement to Paul Scholse since.
However wages are unlikely to be an issue if the Qatari Investment Authority-backed Paris Saint-Germain come calling in the January transfer window.
According to reports in Italy, the Ligue 1 outfit are willing to offer Pastore in a cash-plus-player deal in the hope of landing the former Real Madrid playmaker.
PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti is said to be a great admirer of Sneijder, and is willing to sacrifice the talented but frustrating Pastore in order to get his man.
However Sportmediaset claim Manchester United are not out of the running just yet, and could offer their own swap deal with Nani heading to Italy instead.
While Sir Alex Ferguson is unlikely to be ready to break the bank in order to land Sneijder, the fact that Nani appears set on leaving Old Trafford because of a lack of game time could open the possibility of approaching Milan over a deal for their long-term transfer target.