Inter offer Tevez and Sneijder swap as rivals Milan and City struggle to agree terms
Inter Milan hope to beat city rivals AC to the signing of Carlos Tevez by offering Manchester United target Wesley Sneijder in return.
The struggling Serie A side are desperate to add some firepower to their ranks after a desperate start to the season left them looking over their shoulder at the relegation zone.
Tevez is certain to leave Manchester City in the coming weeks having been told by Roberto Mancini that he will never play for the club again following a very public spat which culminated in Tevez refusing to come on as a substitute during a Champions League match.
Dutch of class: Wesley Sneijder could end up in Manchester with United or City
AC Milan are in the box-seat to sign
the Argentine having met already with City officials, yet remain some
way from concluding a deal with their initial loan offer dismissed out
of hand by the Premier League leaders.
That has opened the door to Inter
who, after Sneijder came agonisingly close to signing for United last
summer, have a player on their hands who would welcome a move.
Speaking yesterday, Sneijder, who
commands wages of more than 200,000, told Voetbal International: 'I
don't say that I am 100 per cent certain [that I will stay at Inter],
because something unexpected can always happen.'
That Sneijder, who is contracted to
the Italian club until 2015, ends up in Manchester appears almost
inevitable, it just remains to be seen which side.
Should he join Sir Alex Ferguson at
United, the money raise by Inter from a likely 30million sale would be
used to lure Tevez, while the direct swap with City is the other option.