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I’m ready to join Manchester United, says Wesley Sneijder

By Jim Gracey

Manchester United’s move for Wesley Sneijder has moved a step closer with suggestions emerging that the Premier League champions have agreed a fee of £33m with Inter Milan for the Dutchman's services.

Certainly that will delight Sneijder who has now openly declared he wants to join United.

The player's representatives are understood to be have met 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 transfer move.

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

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, with decision on the programme due tomorrow .

Sneijder was due to play for Holland tonight in a friendly with England but the riots put paid to that with the fixture cancelled.

While United fans would love to see the Inter ace at Old Trafford, especially with Manchester City also linked to him, the rest of the Premier League will hope he stays in Italy.

Tottenham talisman Rafael Van der Vaart, who played with Sneijder at both Ajax and Real Madrid, said: “Of course he would like to play in England, it's the biggest league in the world.

When asked if he would be playing against Sneijder this season, he replied: “I hope not because Man U are going to be stronger.”

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