Inter plan to keep Sneijder
Inter Milan have no intention of letting Wesley Sneijder leave this summer, but admit 'anything can happen'.
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 03/08/11 4:19pm
Inter Milan have made it clear they have no intention of letting Wesley Sneijder leave this summer, but admit 'anything can happen'.
The Holland international is currently in Beijing with his club ahead of this weekend's Italian Super Cup against city rivals AC Milan.
But it has been reported that the match could be Sneijder's last for Inter after Manchester United made a formal offer to the playmaker, who is wanted as a replacement for the now-retired Paul Scholes.
There have also been reports that Inter may be willing to accept a player-plus-cash deal involving United striker Dimitar Berbatov.
Speculation suggests that the terms of United's offer would involve a salary pay-cut for the 27-year-old, while negotiations are ongoing with Inter as the Italian club seek a transfer fee of at least £30million.
But Inter's chief executive officer, Ernesto Paolilli, told the club's official website: "Sneijder is here and he's an important part of our team.
"Not so much of what is read in the papers is the truth. As for Sneijder, there is a complete intention that he will stay with us."
Paolilli later provided a different message in quotes attributed to him by La Gazzetta dello Sport, admitting it would be wrong to categorically rule out a possible departure.
"If an offer we cannot refuse arrives, whether for Sneijder or other players, then we will start to think about a replacement," Paolillo said.
"Sneijder is a reference point for our club, but then football always evolves and anything can happen.
"But there are no talks, and so we are not thinking of changing."