The Dutchman has been linked with a move to Old Trafford all summer, as Sir Alex Ferguson wants him to replace retired star Paul Scholes.
Inter Milan have now paved the way for Sneijder to swap Serie A for the Premier League after accepting, in principle, a £30 million-plus offer made at the weekend.
It’s understood that Sneijder has been given permission by Inter to talk to United officials although a stumbling block could be the players wages.
Given the tax favourable status in Italy the Dutchman isn’t keen on taking a pay cut although he would still earn around £190,000-a-week, which stretches out of United’s pay structure.
It is thought compromise could be reached with the English Champions prepared to offer a large wage supplemented by bonuses and signing-on-fees that would spread over the length of the contract.
Talks between Ferguson and chief executive David Gill have taken place regarding the salary package that wouldn’t go beyond United’s structure.
Sneijder’s agent is set to fly into London before the weekend to discuss the transfer and if all goes to plan the club are hoping to have him training with the squad before the new season kicks off.