Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has ruled himself out of the running to sign Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder in January.
The Inter Milan star looks certain to leave the San Siro in the New Year, according to Goal.com, with an unresolved contract dispute leaving the 28-year-old frozen out of the first team in Serie ‘A’.
However, the former Ajax starlet will not be making his way to the Etihad Stadium anytime soon, with Mancini believing the Citizens already have similar calibre players in the squad.
"Sneijder is a very good player but we have two players in Samir Nasri and David Silva who have the same skills as Sneijder," the Manchester City boss told Sky Sport Italia.
"So Sneijder can't be helpful for us."
Indeed, the Dutchman – who nearly joined the Red Devils in the summer of 2011 – still dreams of making a move to Old Trafford, according to reports in Italian newspaper Gazetta dello Sport.
The Italian newspaper also claims that Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in landing the former Real Madrid star, with the Nerazzurri wanting between €10 and €15 million for the player.
Whether Manchester United will be willing to pay such a figure remains up for debate, but the title-chasers now know that they won’t face a fight with their ‘noisy neighbours’ for the 90-cap international.