Papers: Wes war heats up
£30m Wes War
Roberto Mancini is set to go head-to-head with bitter rival Sir Alex Ferguson in a £30m battle to land Inter Milan star Wesley Sneijder. Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has put Wesley Sneijder top of his wanted list after failing to land Alexis Sanchez from Udinese. Manchester United have also held talks with Sanchez but the Chilean wonderkid has made it clear he prefers a move to Barcelona instead. Now Starsport understands Mancini’s growing frustration has made him turn his attentions to Sneijder, 27. The Italian has sounded out former club Inter Milan about what it would cost to lure Sneijder to Eastlands. The news will be a big blow to United boss Fergie, who has been tracking Sneijder for six months, having earmarked the Holland midfielder as the perfect replacement for Paul Scholes. But the Scot knows he won’t be able to compete on financial terms with his billionaire neighbours, with Sneijder demanding wages of £200,000 a week. It is the third time this summer Mancini and Fergie have been scrapping for the same player. Sanchez has held talks with both Manchester clubs while Tottenham’s Luka Modric is also a target but Chelsea remain favourites to land the Croatian star. Jeremy Cross, Daily Star
In other news, the Daily Mail reckon Paris St Germain are ready to offer £11m for Dimitar Berbatov. The paper also features quotes from Lens president Gervais Martel who says he has rejected bids of over £8.9million for United target Raphael Varane. The paper claims both the Reds and Real Madrid are Varane.
Meanwhile, United keeper Ben Amos is wanted on loan by Paul Dickov's Oldham, according to the Mail.
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