City and United in £30m battle for Inter star
Published 23:08 04/06/11 By Simon Mullock
Wesley Sneijder has flown to California to decide on a £30million move to Manchester.
Inter Milan’s midfielder is at the centre of a sensational transfer tug of war between arch-rivals United and City.
Sneijder, 26, made a flying visit to England last week and then travelled on to Los Angeles to discuss his future with his model wife Yolanthe, who is on an assignment in California.
Sneijder has told both clubs that they will have to smash through the £200,000-a-week wage barrier to land him.
That will not worry the cash-rich Blues – even though they are looking to rein in expenditure as they look to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Regulations.
And United proved when they broke their wage structure last season to hand Wayne Rooney a new contract worth £250,000-a-week that they will dig deep for the right player.
United believe they are favourites to win the battle for the exciting Holland international who would be a direct on-field replacement for Paul Scholes, who retired last week.
Soren Lerby, Sneijder’s agent, met Sir Alex Ferguson at United’s team hotel in London in April before the Reds played West Ham. Ferguson has also turned his attentions to Tottenham’s Luca Modric after being made aware that City are ready to splash the cash for Sneijder.
City chief executive Garry Cook and football administration officer Brian Marwood are both currently in America.
Sneijder, a close friend of City midfielder Nigel de Jong, was one of the stars of the World Cup last summer as Holland reached the final where they lost 1-0 to Spain in a controversial clash refereed by Howard Webb.
Sneijder had already enjoyed an outstanding season which included Inter lifting the Champions League and Serie A title under Jose Mourinho.