Manchester United have made it clear that they want to sign Wesley Sneijder, but Inter Milan are prepared to ignore their advances.
Sneijder has been the figurehead of Holland’s charge to potential World Cup glory and featured prominently in Inter’s treble winning season. Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to be a long-time admirer of the Dutchman and has named the former Real Madrid playmaker at the top of his list of transfer targets. But Nerazzurri president Massimo Moratti is intent on keeping the 26-year-old.
"The interest from Manchester United in Sneijder is real, but I didn't look into it in an attempt not to fall into temptation,” he told Sky Italia.
The likelihood of an increased bid from United has been dampened further by Sneijder’s agent, who insists that his player is ready to commit his future to the San Siro club.
"Wesley could stay at Inter until 2015. After the World Cup, we will go to Milan, we will sit around a table with the officials,” said Soren Lerby.
Sneijder’s current deal keeps him at Inter until the end of the 2013 season, but United remain confident they can prise him away from the 2010 Champions League winners.