MADRID FAVOURITES FOR ZANETTI
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Argentinian international can become the fifth new arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu, following hot on the heels of the unveiling of Pedro Munitis as a major summer signing, providing he agrees terms with the European champions.
United are believed to have expressed a desire to bring Zanetti to Old Trafford, when Inter declared their intention on signing Paul Scholes, although Sir Alex Ferguson made it clear that his England midfielder is not for sale.
However, as Ferguson intimated this week, he is having trouble in offering the sort of salary required to land the top stars in the world game, and Zanetti looks like being the latest big name to slip through the net.
Following negotiations over the past few days, his agent Jorge Oliva is ready to advise his client that a move to Spain is on the cards. The fact that he has an Italian passport will also smooth the transfer process.
The 27-year-old, who has spent five seasons in Serie A, has discussed a move to Madrid with his Inter colleague Ivan Zamorano, and the Chilean international has warned him not to pass up the opportunity of switching to such a great club.