Manchester United and Liverpool have both been put on alert over the availability of Wesley Sneijder, with the Dutchman ready to walk out on Inter Milan for nothing.
The Sunday Mirror claims Sneijder is taking legal advice after being forced to take a pay-cut at the San Siro, with the club telling the player to half his £180,000 wages or continue to be frozen out.
The 28-year-old playmaker is ready to ask FIFA to intervene, with the player’s advisers making it clear their client will only take a small pay cut, according to the report.
And, having been 'assured' that he's within his rights to walk out on the Serie 'A' giants for breach of contract, according to the report, Sneijder would then be free to sign for another club whilst FIFA investigate the case. The paper goes on to claim that this could take in the region of two years.
Sir Alex Ferguson pursued the former Real Madrid star in the transfer window last summer, but failed in their efforts to bring the player to Old Trafford after wage demands in the region of £250,000.
However, the Mirror now claims that Ferguson will once again be alerted to the availability of Sneijder, who would have cast Manchester United £35 million just 18 months ago.
A move to Anfield would be a major transfer coup for the Reds, although it’s unlikely that Brendan Rodgers would be able to meet the player’s huge wage demands.
Without guaranteed Champions League football next season either, it’s difficult to see Liverpool luring the player to Merseyside ahead of their rivals.
Were Sneijder to opt for Manchester United, he'd join compatriots Robin Van Persie and Alex Buttner in the Red Devils squad.