Latest reports indicate that Inter have accepted, in principal, a £30 million bid from Manchester United for midfielder Wesley Sneijder. This paves the way for United to begin talks with the player, which are expected to begin later in the week.
The only stumbling block to a deal now appears to be Sneijder's wage demands. The player enjoys tax free wages in Italy, but United are balking at the playmaker's desired wages as they stand.
It is suggested that Nike may step in to help finance the deal, as it would be far more lucrative to market Sneijder internationally if he played in a United shirt.
Sneijder has emerged as one of the world's most prominent midfield talents due to his performances for Inter in winning the Champions League under Jose Mourinho, and his displays for the Netherlands as they reached the final of the World Cup.
Ferguson prefers to target players under the age of 25, but having seemingly lost out on targets Modric and Nasri, the 27-year-old Sneijder seems to be the man he has chosen to provide the passing United need in the center of midfield.
He has been earmarked by many to fill the void left by the retirement of Paul Scholes (including Scholes himself), and even in a summer which has seen the likes of Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez switch clubs, any deal involving Sneijder would probably be the biggest deal of the transfer window.