The man at the centre of controversy surrounding the player's original transfer to England, Kia Joorabchian, says the deal was only scuppered by the arrival of Samir Nasri
Tevez wanted to leave England during the summer to be closer to his family, with Inter his most likely destination, but the asking price for the Argentina star was a stumbling block for the Italian giants.
This arrangement could have potentially suited both parties but the arrival of Samir Nasri, who occupies a similar role to Sneijder, at City ended any chance of a deal.
Joorabchian told talkSPORT: “I know that Inter were offered Sneijder in exchange for Carlos about a week or two weeks ago but after they signed Nasri it was over.
“They [City] had too many players in that same position. If Nasri hadn’t have gone, then that deal would probably have protracted."
Netherlands star Sneijder has recently admitted that talks did take place over a potential move to City's biggest rivals Manchester United, but his wage demands were said to be a stumbling block.