Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder is destined for Manchester City, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, although the Premier League club have played down the report.
Manchester United appeared strong favourites to sign Sneijder with manager Sir Alex Ferguson purportedly making the Holland international a top summer transfer target as he looks to bolster his creative options in midfield.
But Gazzetta dello Sport claims Sneijder will play his final game for Inter on Saturday, when they meet rivals AC Milan in the Italian Super Cup, before joining City for a fee of €36 million on a salary of €6 million a season.
City are said to have played down the rumour that Sneijder is poised to sign, while a comment from Inter is expected ahead of their meeting with Milan in Beijing.
Sneijder, 27, joined Inter from Real Madrid in 2007 for a fee in the region of €15 million. He has since made over 50 appearances for the Italian club, helping the team to a memorable Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League treble in 2010.