Manchester United are ready to make the first move for Chelsea transfer target Wesley Sneijder, according to the Daily Express.

United boss David Moyes will sanction an initial £12m offer for the Dutch playmaker, despite Galatasaray's recent assertion that they intend to keep hold of their star player.

But reports in Turkey claim Sneijder - who was also linked with a reunion with former-Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge - will be the subject of a £12m offer from United in the January transfer window.

The Netherlands international reportedly has a £13m release clause in his Galatasaray contract - but United hope to bring the Turkish giants to the negotiating table with a bid slightly below that figure.

Sniejder has been continually linked with a move to the Premier League - although Mourinho's connections with his former player mean he's often mentioned as a Chelsea target.

The Dutchman addressed these rumours last week, insisting he's happy in Turkey and intends to stay at Galatasaray.

But United, who have been lacking a creative presence in central midfield this season, believe they can persuade him to move to Old Trafford.

He reportedly earns £50,000-a-week at Galatasaray, which puts him well within United's wage structure.

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