United set £40m marker to land playmaker target - reports

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Manchester United target Wesley Sneijder will be allowed to leave Inter Milan in January, if his asking price of £40million is met, reports the Daily Star.

The 27-year-old Dutchman has long been linked with the San Siro exit door, with constant speculation over the summer suggesting he was being lined up by the reigning Barclays Premier League champions as a replacement for the retired Paul Scholes.

However, a deal failed to materialise and Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson has given a chance to Tom Cleverley to prove his Old Trafford credentials.

But having already lost ground on rivals Manchester City, who sit five points clear at the top of the table, Ferguson is looking to bolster his midfield options in a bid to regain the impetus.

"Inter will sell Sneijder but it will have to be on their terms," a source told the Daily Star. "They believe he is worth £40m in the current market.

"He is one of the leading players in the world in his position, so he won't be allowed to leave on the cheap. Now we wait and see what happens in the near future."

If Manchester United remain serious about sealing Sneijder's signature, then they will be forced to exceed their record transfer fee paid for striker Dimitar Berbatov - who cost United £30.7million when he moved to Old Trafford from Tottenham in 2008.

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