Van Nistelrooy linked with £10m Inter deal

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Ruud van Nistelrooy may be on his way to Italy, with Internazionale on the verge of making a £10m bid for the Manchester United striker.

The Dutchman has endured an increasingly fractious relationship with the United manager Sir Alex Ferguson this season, and reports in today's Italian sports newspapers suggest Inter will offer the striker an escape route.

Van Nistelrooy, who has two years left on his United contract, has been linked with both Milan clubs in the past. Another wanted man at Old Trafford is Ferguson's No 2, Carlos Queiroz, who was last night linked with the manager's job at Benfica, the post recently vacated by Ronald Koeman. However, Queiroz is unlikely to leave United. Sven Goran Eriksson has also been linked with the Benfica job.

Another want-away striker could be Chelsea's Didier Drogba. According to reports last night, the Ivory Coast forward is disillusioned with the Chelsea fans who have criticised him for diving this season and he is ready to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer.