Serie A - Inter: Sneijder not for sale

Tue, 12 Jul 16:39:00 2011

Internazionale technical director Marco Branca has told Manchester United that Wesley Sneijder is "not for sale" and that no formal offers have been received for the playmaker.

Serie A - Inter: Wes not for sale

Sneijder has emerged as a key target for United this summer and an unnamed Inter team-mate told The Sun on Tuesday that he expected a deal to be announced soon, and possibly as early as Wednesday.

However, any hopes United had of concluding a reported £35 million deal for the Netherlands international have receded given Inter's firm standpoint on Tuesday afternoon.

“There is nothing to update,” declared Branca said in a press conference. “It’s not surprising Sneijder is wanted by other clubs, but we have received no formal offer, nor do we intend to wait for one.

“We know what we have to do and there are no meetings planned with his agent. Sneijder is not for sale.”

Inter also confirmed an interest in Genoa striker Rodrigo Palacio, who was previously managed by the Nerazzurri's new coach Gian Piero Gasperini, but denied that forward Goran Pandev has refused to be part of an exchange deal.

“It’s true we’re thinking about Palacio, but Goran did not refuse simply because we never asked him if he wanted to move," Branca said.

Branca has confirmed that the club are to sign defender Jonathan from Santos, but Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Arturo Vidal is not a target for president Massimo Moratti.

“We have to finalise a few details this afternoon for Jonathan, so he could be here at the pre-season training camp either this evening or tomorrow.

“Arturo Vidal is not part of our strategy. We’re keeping an eye on various situations, but already have many midfielders considering the Coach will playwith only two or three in the middle.”


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