Manchester United will face fierce competition from Serie A giants Inter Milan if they are to sign Napoli's Marek Hamsik in the summer.
Reports earlier this month suggested Manchester United and Chelsea were told they could sign the Slovakian international for £33million in the summer.
The Premier League duo were expected to battle it out to sign the highly-rated attacking midfielder, however Inter Milan have now put a spanner in the works.
The Serie A side are looking to entice the 26-year-old away from Rafael Benitez's Napoli side in time for the start of next season.
Inter's president Erick Thohir, who has already concluded a deal for Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic, has told reporters he is readying a move for Hamsik.
Thohir, speaking to reporters, said on the possibility of signing Hamsik: "We will have a good transfer campaign and we will sign two great players.
"I would like Hamsik at Inter, but I also like some of the other names that have been mentioned in the press. They could all add something to Inter.
"I will not confirm anything until a deal is completed. The objective is to build a balanced team that is able to compete and can do well."
Napoli may decide to sell Hamsik, who has scored six goals in 26 league games this season, to Manchester United or Chelsea rather than to Serie A rivals Inter Milan.