Premier League clubs have been put on alert after Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni refused to rule out selling Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder, according to the Metro.
Sneijder was a target for Manchester City and arch rivals Manchester United last summer, but eventually decided to stay in Italy.
Champions City have been given renewed hope in their pursuit of Sneijder, after Stramaccioni revealed he would not prevent the 28-year-old from leaving if Inter president Massimo Moratti decided to accept an offer, the report added.
"That would be an abuse of my power. I can only tell the president to think carefully about it if an important offer is made," he said.
"From a technical and tactical point of view, Sneijder is essential, but I cannot say that he is not for sale," said Stramaccioni who plans to build his team for the new campaign around Sneijder despite the player struggling to find his best form last season.
News that Sneijder could be available will interest a number of other major European clubs, including Chelsea.
However, the former Ajax and Real Madrid star will not be cheap and would command a transfer fee in excess of £20 million.
The player's representative held informal talks with Manchester United last summer, but the Red Devils walked away from the potential deal after being shocked by his personal terms.