Manchester United target Wesley Sneijder is in talks over a potential move to Manchester City according to the Daily Star.
The Dutch ace seems set to leave Galatasaray in the January window and is said to be available for just £9 million which has attracted a host of suitors across the continent.
Manchester United have been linked with the former Inter Milan playmaker for some time now, while earlier this week it was suggested that Southampton are also in the running for his services. Now, according to the Star it is Manchester City who have made the first move for the 30-year-old and have already begun talks.
That news will come as a blow to Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal who had hoped of securing a reunion with his compatriot in the January window. It was claimed that Van Gaal, who included Sneijder in his World Cup squad for the tournament in Brazil over the summer, was eyeing a swoop to help bolster his squad which has been ravaged by injury this term.
The Sar say the player's agent, Guido Albers, was in Manchester yesterday to hold talks about a potential transfer, but it was with Manchester City rather than the Red Devils.
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Galatasaray are looking to sell up after running into financial difficulties and will offload Sneijder who is one of their highest earners. His wages and transfer fee, plus his age, means it could be difficult to get a deal done even though his suitors easily have the resources.
It is even claimed that the midfielder has a £12 million release clause written into his contract but that the Turkish giants will let him leave for £3 million less than that in order to ensure his sale in the winter window.
Manchester United have plenty of attacking options in Sneijder's position which could mean that a move to Manchester City, where David Silva has struggled with injury this season, could make more sense.