United and Chelsea face Italian fight in £30m playmaker chase

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Inter Milan are still hopeful of keeping Wesley Sneijder, despite transfer interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.

Coach Gian Piero Gasperini said the club remained optimistic that Sneijder will stay in Italy, though with talk of bids in the vicinity of £30 million, according to the Metro, it may be difficult to keep the star from going to Chelsea or Manchester United.

“It's difficult to know what can happen in the next 50 days of the transfer market,” Gasperini said.


"Inter want to become even stronger. Two years ago [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic left the club but the team was strengthened and became even stronger.

"Wesley's situation does not worry me. In recent years, Inter have made fewer mistakes in the transfer market than other clubs and have made the best choices. Hence, I can only be optimistic."

Chelsea were last reported as favourites to edge out United to sign Sneijder, with Chelsea more likely to bid a higher price in their desperation to win a coveted Champions League trophy.

But Manchester United shouldn’t be discounted from the equation just yet, as Ferguson looks to make a big midfield signing to fill the gap created by Paul Scholes retiring.

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