Internazionale claim to be ’90 percent’ on the way to signing Nemanja Vidic, who will leave Manchester United at the end of the season.
The Serbian international has been at Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson lured him from Spartak Moscow in January 2006, and has long established himself as one of the best centre-halves in Europe. During his time in England, he has helped United win five Premier League titles, the UEFA Champions League, and three League Cups.
However, Vidic, at the age of 32, is approaching the end of his playing days, and with his contract set to expire in the summer, he announced earlier this month that he will seek a fresh challenge ahead of next season. Inter were immediately installed as favourites to land the player, and it appears they are now closing on a deal.
“I can say that the deal is done at 90 percent,” club president Erik Thohir told journalists at Milan Malpensa airport on Thursday afternoon. “When everything is sealed, we will make an announcement. Don’t let me say something that is not concrete yet.”
Although Vidic is no longer at the peak of his powers, his departure will cause another headache for David Moyes. The United will also likely lose another established central defender, Rio Ferdinand, at the end of this season, whilst left back Patrice Evra is also out of contract which means three members of a famous back four will be gone.
Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling would then fight for two places in the heart of the defence, yet question marks remain about the chances of a strong pairing emerging from this trio. Moyes could look to bring someone else in when the window reopens, but his priority will be in midfield, an area which is in desperate need of strengthening.