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Sneijder agrees United deal
Manchester United hope to complete the £35million transfer of Wesley Sneijder after agreeing terms of around £190,000 a week with the Inter Milan midfielder. Sneijder was forced to compromise on his initial wage demands of £250,000-a-week, but an agreement has been struck and a deal is close to completion. The Glazer family, who own United, have sanctioned the fee for the 27-year-old Holland star as a replacement for Paul Scholes, who retired at the end of last season. Chief executive David Gill met his Inter counterparts in Zurich yesterday at a meeting of the European Club Association. It is understood Gill made clear United's willingness to pay £35m, with an official bid expected to be lodged before the weekend. Although Inter are reluctant to sell, they accept they cannot turn down such a lucrative bid. Gill hopes to have the deal wrapped up before he flies to the US tomorrow.
The Daily Mirror concurs with the Mail over Sneijder's imminent signing, echoing the £35million fee and reported £190,000 weekly wage packet. The Daily Express isn't quite so certain, however, claiming that Sir Alex Ferguson will have to offer Nani to sweeten the deal for Internazionale.