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Italian media says Man City have beaten Utd to Sneijder

ESPNsoccernet staff
August 6, 2011

Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder is destined for Manchester City according to Gazzetta dello Sport, although the Premier League club have played down the report.

Manchester United appeared strong favourites to sign Sneijder throughout the summer, despite Sir Alex Ferguson's claims that the Red Devils' spending was over. Chief executive David Gill has consistently hinted United could be in the market for one more "world class" star, and Netherlands international Sneijder was seen as the man to bolster United's creative options in midfield.

However, Gazzetta dello Sport claims Sneijder will play his final game for Inter on Saturday, when they meet rivals AC Milan in the Italian Super Cup, before joining City for a fee of €36 million (£31.4 million) on a salary of €6 million a season.

City have played down the rumour that Sneijder is poised to sign, while a comment from Inter is expected ahead of their meeting with Milan in Beijing.

Sneijder, 27, joined Inter from Real Madrid in 2007 for a fee in the region of €15 million. He has since made over 50 appearances for the Italian club, helping the team to a memorable Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League treble in 2010.

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