UNITED KEEN ON ZANETTI
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
MANCHESTER UNITED are planning a move for Inter star Javier Zanetti, one of the classiest performers in Serie A last season and a player of undoubted quality.
Sir Alex Ferguson is an admirer of the versatile midfielder, who would cost in the region of £11 million, and the word is that he is exploring the possibility of bringing the Argentinian international to Old Trafford.
Barcelona have also been intent on signing the 26-year-old, who played 34 times in Serie A last term, particularly during Louis van Gaal`s tenure, but discussions have already taken place between Inter and United officials.
The Italians were determined to use Ferguson`s interest to try and sign one of United`s star men, probably Paul Scholes who has been linked in England with a massive £31 million move to San Siro, but the Premiership champions have made it clear that they are only interested in a straight-cash offer for Zanetti.
Massimo Moratti has indicated that the man who scored against England in the 1998 World Cup can move on, for the right price, and United will fight both Barca and Real Madrid in a bid to land at least one truly world class outfield player this summer.
Zanetti, who has spent the past five seasons in Italy, has previously expressed a preference for moving to Camp Nou, but Ferguson may be able to land his man if his timing is right, even without losing Scholes or another of his key performers as a consequence.