Los Angeles FC aware of rival interest in bid to land Wesley Sneijder - sources

Los Angeles FC remains hopeful of signing Wesley Sneijder despite reported interest in his services from other clubs, sources told ESPN FC.

Reports in Italy on Thursday said Sampdoria are attempting to beat the expansion MLS club to the signing of Galatasaray midfielder Sneijder and bring him back to Serie A.

Sources said on Tuesday that Sneijder, 33, has an offer on the table from LAFC, which begins play next March, that would pay him $3.5 million (€3m) a season in a two-year deal.

But Sky Sport Italia have now said that Sampdoria are also looking to offer the former Inter star a two-year deal that would be worth slightly less at €2.5m ($2.9m), but would allow him to stay in Europe.

The decision might come down to Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo, who Gianluca Di Marzio reports must decide whether he wants both Sneijder and Josip Ilicic in his revamped team this season.

LAFC is aware of rival interest in Sneijder, sources said, but are still confident in their offer to make him the first designated player at the under-construction Banc of California Stadium.

ESPN FC's Mark Ogden contributed to this report.