INTER LIST PREMIERSHIP TARGET ZANETTI
By Jonny Owen
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Argentinian international has expressed his desire to move to Real Madrid and wear the famous white shirt of the Liga champions, and he has also been linked with Barcelona.
Talks have been ongoing for some time now, and both parties are keen to close the deal, even though agent Jorge Oliva denied that Real will have an easy ride in their bid to wrap up a deal within the next week.
"Inter informed me they have put Zanetti on the transfer list and this doesn't surprise me," confirmed Oliva. "The idea of playing for Real Madrid fascinates him, although I did not contact anybody myself.
"Inter have named their price but it is always negotiable, perhaps with an exchange of players.
"This week, we have also had some interest from two English clubs. Javier and I are remaining calm."
Real's director of football, Jorge Valdano, will have no problem in convincing his fellow countryman to join Madrid, especially after Inter's decision to transfer list him.
Inter have slapped a $20 million price tag on Zanetti, but that hasn't scared Madrid, who expect to make him their first signing for next season.
Oliva would not identify the English teams in the hunt, but one is almost certainly Manchester United, who are still seeking top quality squad reinforcements. The other will be Arsenal or Chelsea.