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Wesley Sneijder in £33m link to Manchester United

By Jim Gracey

Manchester United’s move for Wesley Sneijder took a step closer last night with reports emerging that the Premier League champions had agreed a fee of £33m with Inter Milan for the Dutchman's services.

The player's representatives were understood to be meeting with United to discuss personal terms — however with Sneijder's wage believed to be around £190,000-a-week, he may have to take a pay cut before any move is completed.

Sneijder yesterday confirmed his interest in joining United, and suggested that his representatives had held informal talks with the Premier League champions.

Asked if he would like to move to Old Trafford in a video interview on a Dutch website, Sneijder said: “Yes, but Manchester United have not made an official approach yet. There have been unofficial talks, there have been contacts, but I have contacts with everybody.”

Sneijder is not ruling out remaining at Inter Milan, though both the player and his club have been clear that an offer of £35m would be too good to turn down.

“I am now an Inter player, and chances are that I will still be that come August 31,” said Sneijder.

United are scheduled to kick off their Premier League defence at West Brom on Sunday, scene of disorder last night as riots ravage English cities.

Decisions will be made about matches in London tomorrow in the wake of trouble in the capital.

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