Roberto Mancini and Sir Alex Ferguson look set to extend their rivalry to the transfer market as they both look to sign Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder.
Manchester City boss Mancini has labelled the Dutch international as his No.1 target for this summer after missing out on Alexis Sanchez from Udinese.
Ferguson is keen to land the 27-year-old too though as he continues to adhere to his promise of spending plenty of money this summer on three or four quality additions.
The two Manchester clubs are now set to battle it out to sign the £30m rated player who has been one of the most inform midfielder in Europe over the last two or three season.
The Inter man really is a world-class player and would be a welcome addition to the Premier League. He would add a great deal to either team and it really would be a massive boost for the club that eventually secures his signature.
This is not to say that Sneijder is definitely on the move. He has enjoyed some great times in Italy with Inter and might choose to keep this going for at least another year.
However, the lure of the Premier League will be extremely tempting for him and he would have been aware of United’s interest for quite some time now.
Red Devils boss Ferguson has been tracking the midfielder’s progress for the last six months or so and is reportedly keen to make him the new Paul Scholes.
Manchester City’s interest is fresher and they have the upper hand on United with regards to the ability to offer more wages. Ferguson will know this and will hope that Sneijder is more keen to join the Premier League Champions.
It is certainly a transfer story to keep an eye on and one which could see the potential of City compared to the history and success of United.
Let battle commence.