Inter Milan have told Manchester United their asking price for Wesley Sneijder. The Daily Star says Sir Alex Ferguson has been told he can sign Sneijder in January if he can stump up a club record £40m.

Inter bosses have softened their stance and are willing to cash in on their prize asset.

Ferguson has kept close tabs on Sneijder and is keen to make another move for the midfield ace when the transfer window opens in the New Year.

Sneijder, 27, remains Ferguson's No.1 target and the United boss reckons the Dutchman can fill the boots of Paul Scholes, who retired at the end of last season.