New Delhi: While Wesley Sneijder is away on international duty, negotiations between Real Madrid and Inter have continued in his absence.
The player's agent claimed on Wednesday night that the Nerazzurri were struggling to meet Real's valuation, but the Italian media is suggesting that this may not be the case.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, there are only small details separating the two clubs from a loan agreement.
Although Real supremo Florentino Perez is eager to sell the Dutchman outright, his club would be paid €7 million for a year-long loan, which would possess an option for Inter to make the move permanent for a further €13m.
The news comes as a blow to Aston Villa, who were hoping that Inter would be priced out of a transfer, thereby opening the door for the 25-year-old to move to the Premier League.
Any transfer would be welcome for Sneijder, who is unlikely to feature regularly with los Merengues after their heavy investment this summer.
As a result, he has been warned by coach Bert van Marwijk that his place in the Netherlands team is under threat.
If Sneijder's transfer to Inter doesn't materialise, the Nerazzurri will turn to one of Rafael van der Vaart, Pablo Aimar, Yoann Gourcuff or Ivan Rakitic as an alternative.