United on alert as Inter tell Sneijder to accept pay cut or find a new club
14:22 GMT, 30 November 2012
Inter Milan will consider selling Wesley Sneijder to Manchester United after talks over accepting a wage cut stalled.
United are on red alert after Sneijder was told he won’t be playing for Inter again until he accepts a cut to his 200,000 a week wages.
Sneijder is newly-frugal Inter’s top earner but again looks set to be left out of their match with Palermo on Sunday.
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The Dutch midfielder has refused to accept a contract with reduced wages at Inter and club director Marco Branca has said he will not be involved in the Italian giants’ plans until he accepts the terms of a less extravagant wage package.
Sneijder, who led Jose Mourinho’s Inter team to the league, Champions League and domestic cup titles in 2010, was courted by a number of clubs, including United, in the summer, but Sir Alex Ferguson put the brakes on any deal due to the high wages he would demand.
But it now appears the Dutchman could also be shipped out in the January transfer window if a resolution is not reached quickly.
'Sneijder isn’t playing because the coach (Andrea Stramaccioni) doesn’t think he’s at his best, above all psychologically,' said Inter president Massimo Moratti.
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'For us it’s natural to look for a way to not be forced to sell him and he has the right to not accept our offer. If it stays like that, the solution will be on the transfer market.'
The 28-year-old signed a five-year 200,000 a week deal in 2010, but Inter have made efforts to scale back their spending, which resulted in the sale of goalkeeper Julio Cesar to QPR this summer.
Branca issued a statement about Sneijder on the club website.
Branca said: ‘We’ve been negotiating with him for a while and we need to modify his contract.
‘We want to give him time to think about it and so we won’t be using him for the time being.’
Title-chasing Inter are without a win in three games after Monday’s 1-0 defeat at Parma and have dropped down to fourth place, but are only four points behind leaders and champions Juventus.