Manchester City have already pipped neighbours United for the Premier League title – now they are poised to beat them to the signing of Holland international Wesley Sneijder.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was linked with a swoop for the Inter Milan midfielder last summer but he stayed at the San Siro.
Now it appears Sneijder could be heading to Manchester after all, but with the Etihad Stadium as his destination rather than Old Trafford.
Any move, however, is likely to be finalised after the Euro 2012 finals.
Ferguson refused to say last summer whether United had formally made an offer for the 27-year-old but was forced to bring Paul Scholes out of retirement after failing to find a replacement in central midfield.
City manager Roberto Mancini is expected to be busy in the summer as the Premier League champions look to build on their league success in next season’s Champions League.
By Metro Sport