Manchester United have given Wesley Sneijder until the end of next week to make a decision over his proposed move to Old Trafford, reports today suggest.
The Dutch international is in Beijing with his Inter Milan teammates as they prepare for their Italian Super Cup match against local rivals AC Milan.
United are yet to submit an official bid for the 27-year-old midfielder but informal talks are believed to have taken place between the two sides over a fee, with the main stumbling block rumoured to be the player's wage demands.
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson is reluctant to spend £35m on a player with little re-sale value and has voiced concerns over the playmaker's £250,000-a-week wages.
Sneijder has refused to rule out a move to Manchester, earlier this week he said, "There is always a chance something will happen but we will see."
Nevertheless, Inter CEO Ernesto Paolillo is adamant the Holland international is going nowhere, "Sneijder is still here and he is still an integral part of the team. Not much of what you read in the newspapers is true. There is every intention that he will stay put."
Sneijder's transfer fee could be offset by the sale of striker Dimitar Berbatov, with Paris Saint-Germain interested in the Bulgarian international.
Berbatov has found himself increasingly marginalised at Old Trafford since the emergence of Javier Hernandez and did not even make the substitute's bench for the Champions League final defeat to Barcelona in May.
Sir Alex Ferguson cast further doubt over the 30-year-old's future after he appeared to suggest the player could leave the club.
Speaking after a composite United XI lost 8-2 in a charity match against Marseille in Monaco on Tuesday evening, Ferguson was asked by a French journalist if Berbatov could play with Paris Saint-Germain.
Meanwhile, United are monitoring the progress of Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan who has impressed since making an €8.4million move from Boca Juniors last summer.
According to Record, Ferguson sent club scouts to watch the 23-year-old in action against Trabzonspor last week.
Gaitan, who replaced Angel Di Maria at Benfica, impressed in his side's 2-0 victory.
Finally, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo refused to be drawn on speculation linking him with a return to United. In response to a question on whether he plans to return to the Premier League some day he replied, "Possibly. You never know what will happen."