New Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is lining up bids for Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder, according to SportsDirect News.
Pellegrini, who was in charge of Real Madrid during the 2009/10 season, claims the players were sold against his will during his spell in charge at the Bernabeu.
Robben was sold to Bayern Munich, the new European champions, and Wesley Sneijder was sold to Inter Milan, who won the Champions League under Jose Mourinho. Sneijder now plays for Galatasaray in Turkey.
City are now preparing to give lucrative contracts to the players in their quest to regain their Premier League crown from rivals Manchester United.
Sneijder is said to be unsettled in Turkey and the midfielder was rumoured to prefer a move to the Premier League before deciding to move to Galatasaray.
His wages were the sticking point but with City's wealthy owners this will not be an issue. A move for the Dutch playmaker raises questions of the future of current midfielder Samir Nasri.
Nasri has had an inconsistent time in Manchester, and with the imminent arrival of Spanish forward Isco the Frenchman may find playing time limited.
The Manchester club lacked width in the squad last year. Spanish winger Jesus Navas has been signed from Sevilla already this transfer window but with current winger Scott Sinclair not making an impression at the club, a move for Robben is still possible.
Robben is undoubtedly one of the best wingers in the world. He has scored 68 goals and provided 33 assists in 121 appearances since his move to Bayern Munich.
He has the ability to play on either wing and his most notable asset is his ability to cut in from the right and shoot with his left foot.
The 29-year-old would be a success in England with previous experience at Chelsea standing him in good stead.
Sneijder would also be a success at City as he is very versatile. He primarily plays behind the striker but has the ability to play as a deep-lying playmaker, giving Pellegrini a different option.
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