Nerazzurri could offload playmaker in New Year.
Inter Milan say that the current economic climate means they are unlikely to invest in new players during the January transfer window – and hinted that unless Wesley Sneijder accepted a pay cut, he would be sold.
Sneijder has long been a target of Manchester United but committed to five more years at Inter Milan in 2010 after a tremendous World Cup.
With only a nominal fee likely to be required, Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson could be tempted to put in an offer for the Netherlands international, who has also interested noisy neighbour Man City in the past.
Sneijder has not played for Inter since injuring his thigh in September but joined the team for training last week in a sign that he is finally on his way back to full fitness.
However Italian media has speculated for weeks that the Dutch national team captain, who signed a five-year deal with Inter in 2010, is on his way out.
Asked whether the Dutchman now has less power in dictating his contract terms now the team are playing well, technical director Marco Branca said on the club’s official website: “He’s got a contract with us, so I don’t think we can talk about contractual power.
“Even if there were other things to discuss relating to his contract terms, they wouldn’t be due to the team playing well or not.
“Is it true we’ve asked him to take a pay cut? That’s our business.”
Inter were held to a 2-2 draw by Cagliari on Sunday but have emerged as the biggest challengers to champions and leaders Juventus.
However that does not mean they are in the market to buy new players, according to Branca.
“It’s not down to where we are in the table but there are other factors to consider, but at this moment in time there’s no way we’ll be investing in January for other reasons,” he said.
“It’s the same situation in many other industry sectors. We’re in an economic crisis.”
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