Sunday 18 February 2018

United to step up hunt for Sneijder

Manchester United are determined to accelerate their bid to sign Wesley Sneijder after overcoming concerns about the Dutch midfielder's wage demands.

Sneijder's advisers have told United that the player could be tempted away from the San Siro for the £190,000-a-week deal he earns at Inter should the Italians agree to sell him.

While United have yet to lodge a formal bid for the 27-year-old, Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti is believed to be open to a £35m transfer deal to give new coach Gian Piero Gasperini the funds to reshape the club's ageing squad.

Parker set for Blues

chelsea are optimistic about securing England midfielder Scott Parker on a year-long loan from West Ham United in a deal worth £5m to the Hammers.

In addition to paying Parker's £3.5m-a-year wages, Chelsea will have to fork out a £1.5m loan fee to West Ham for the England star.

New Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is also hoping to acquire Alvaro Pereira from his former club Porto for around £17.6m.

Sandro setback

TOTTENHAM midfielder Sandro will arrive in London today amid fears that a knee injury picked up on Copa America duty with Brazil will require surgery that could keep him out for up to three months.

Tottenham are also concerned about William Gallas, who has a calf injury and has been left out of the club's pre-season tour to South Africa.

City feel UEFA heat

manchester city may have to prove that their Abu Dhabi owner is not "influenced" by his half-brother, who chairs Etihad Airways, if their £400m sponsorship deal with the airline is to avoid failing one of the key tests of the UEFA Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.

Liverpool owner John W Henry yesterday backed Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger's criticism of the deal as "financial doping".

Irish Independent

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