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Sneijder and Nasri are Manchester bound

By Steven Beacom

Mario Balotelli may have admitted that he doesn’t like Manchester — but clearly fellow superstar footballers Wesley Sneijder and Samir Nasri have nothing against the rainy city in the north west of England.

Indeed if the Dutch midfield kingpin and the French playmaker have their way, they’ll be strutting their stuff at Old Trafford and the Ethiad Arena respectively.

Both players have been involved in transfer sagas that have gone on all summer, but with the English Premier League fast approaching resolution is not too far away.

In Dublin, playing for Inter Milan at the weekend, Sneijder was coy about his future, refusing to rule out a move to United.

It was thought that a potential deal was dead in the water a week ago leading to Sir Alex Ferguson stating that his summer spending spree was over, but with the possibility of a big money deal back on, the United manager will happily make one final move to land the gifted midfielder, seen as the perfect replacement for the retired Paul Scholes.

Indeed there are some suggestions that a £30 million deal has already been struck between United and Inter.

One sticking point for what would be the transfer of the summer is the favourable tax status Sneijder enjoys playing in Italy.

But with United so keen to land the Dutchman, both parties are confident an agreement over wages can be sorted out.

Another interesting development at Old Trafford relates to striker Dimitar Berbatov who is being tracked by Paris St Germain. The Bulgarian could also be offered to Inter Milan as part of the Sneijder package.

United, of course, were looking to sign Arsenal star Nasri, but it seems he has his heart set on joining Manchester City, who can offer him a higher salary.

Arsenal want to keep hold of Nasri, knowing that Barcelona are set to increase their £30 milliion offer for another wantaway midfield star, Cesc Fabregas.

Nasri has one year left on his contract but negotiations over a new deal have failed to deliver anything concrete.

Elsewhere Chelsea are ready to up the ante in their move for Tottenham’s Luka Modric.

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