Manchester United will look to sign Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder this summer according to reports in a number of Sunday newspapers.
Sir Alex Ferguson has long been an admirer of the Holland international and believed he could be a long-term replacement for Paul Scholes.
The veteran midfielder will be 37 later this year and although he has been offered a one-year contract extension, there is growing speculation that Scholes will retire at end of the current season.
United were linked with Sneijder last summer but the 26-year-old signed a new contract following the World Cup which should see him remain at the San Siro until 2015.
Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has admitted that Sir Alex Ferguson is interested in Sneijder but made it clear that the player is not for sale.
‘The interest from Manchester United on Sneijder is real, but I didn't look into it. My only interest is seeing Sneijder play here for many years to come,’ Moratti said.
The Holland international is valued at £40m but United may have to break the bank if they want to secure his signature this summer.
If United are unsuccessful in their bid to bring Sneijder to Old Trafford this summer the rumour mill suggests that Blackpool’s Charlie Adam could be bought as a bargain basement alternative.