Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder has reportedly snubbed Manchester City’s interest in his services in favour of rivals United.
The Dutch playmaker has been linked with a move to Old Trafford throughout the transfer window with the clubs reportedly set to agree to a 27.5 million euros fee.
But rivals Manchester City also enquired about the midfielder, only to be told he was more interested in joining English Premier League champions United.
“Sneijder wants to play for Manchester United because of their prestige and tradition, which meant City never really followed up their interest,” Goal.com were told on Saturday.
“City were also put off by Inter’s asking price, which is also a problem for United because of his salary expectations.”
“United have told Inter they will pay 27.5 million euros for Sneijder. Inter have said they want 40 million euros, although they could be willing to sell for 35 million euros.”
Talks have stalled between the parties but it is likely a deal will be reached with new Inter coach Gian Piero Gasperini no longer considering Sneijder indispensable.
If Sneijder makes the move, Inter are likely to make a bid for want-away Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez.
The Argentine’s representative, Kia Joorabchian, was reportedly in Milan on Thursday to speak with Inter officials.
In Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain’s spending spree continues after Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini confirmed a deal to sell Javier Pastore to the French club for 43 million euros.
The Argentine playmaker, linked to clubs in England, Italy and Spain, will join PSG, who were recently taken over by the Qatari Investment Authority.
“(We) closed the deal last night (Friday) around midnight. Basically it’s the official transfer of Pastore to Paris Saint-Germain, based on a 43 million euros (fee),” director of sport Guglielmo Micciche told a French radio station.
The 22-year-old will join Blaise Matuidi, Jeremy Menez and Kevin Gameiro as new signings at the Parc des Princes.
Meanwhile, Juventus are on the verge of signing Roma’s Mirko Vucinic, with a deal in the region of 15 million euros set to be completed on Monday, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.