Manchester United are interested in Palermo midfielder Javier Palermo, according to reports on ESPN soccernet.com.
After all but admitting defeat in his pursuit of Luka Modric, Samir Nasri and Alexis Sanchez, Sir Alex Ferguson is still searching for a midfielder to replace the retired Paul Scholes. Reports today suggest his attention has turned to the Argentine playmaker, who scored 11 goals from midfield last season, after Palermo officials indicated the player could leave this summer.
"The situation must be resolved in the next 15 days otherwise, the player will remain with us," Palermo club president Maurizio Zamporini said yesterday.
"Before the Copa America ends, Pastore's future must be decided.
"There is a 90 per cent chance that Pastore will leave because that is his desire and when you hear about the clubs that want him it's only normal.
"We would be sad to see him go, considering he is the only star that I've had as president.
"The favourites are Real Madrid and Malaga. Manchester City are also interested in him, as well as Manchester United and Chelsea."
However, reports earlier in the summer suggest the club value the 22-year-old at close to £40m, significantly more than United were willing to spend on Modric who has since been deemed 'too expensive'.
According to The Sun, United's pursuit of Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder is still on after the Italian club revealed they could be prepared to sell him this summer.
Inter coach Gian Piero Gasperini has hinted he will listen to offers for the 27-year-old in order to raise funds for new signings.
"There is every intention on the club's part to come out of the transfer window stronger - not less so.
"But two years ago, Ibrahimovic left and the team was reinforced.
"All the players I have know how to play in many different roles. Last year, Sneijder also played in different positions."
And Goal.com reports that United are prepared to pay Inter £35m and offer the Dutchman a salary in the region of £250,000 per week.
A source close to the club told Goal, "It's all a bit more than they were wanting to pay but they are trying to work out a way that they can accommodate Sneijder even though he would be so expensive.
"Sneijder has said that he is happy to stay at Inter Milan but Sir Alex really fancies signing him because he would fit the bill perfectly for United so it has not been ruled out."
Rumours in today's press allege that Dimitar Berbatov could be close to leaving Old Trafford. The Bulgarian international's future at United has been under scrutiny ever since he was excluded from last season's Champions League Final squad to face Barcelona.
The 30-year-old scored 20 goals in 32 league appearances in the last campaign to finish joint-top of the goal-scoring table along with Manchester City's Carlos Tevez.
However, Berbatov found his starting-place under threat after Christmas with Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney forming a formidable strike-partnership and Ferguson is believed to be open to offers of around £12m for the striker. Juventus, Paris St Germain and Galatasaray are all reportedly interested.