Nemanja Vidic may be part of David Moyes' summer exodus at Manchester United after reports claimed the Serbian captain is being hunted by Inter Milan.
Gianluca Di Marzio, who works as a journalist at Sky Italia, posted a blog post detailing the Serie A side's quest to land Vidic on a free transfer:
The post was translated by 101 Great Goals:
Nemanja Vidic is close to Italy, Inter are now pressing to close the deal. The Nerazzurri are today ahead of everyone, and they want to define and formalise contract details in the next few days.
The mood is cautious but optimistic. Vidic, out of contract in June, can already sign on a free transfer, and after the arrival of Hernanes it would be the second big coup for the new Inter owner Thohir.
Di Marzio also suggests Vidic was close to joining Fiorentina before heading to Old Trafford in December 2005. The player's link to Inter comes at an uncertain time for United and builds upon speculation Vidic is destined to exit Premier League proceedings in the summer.
Silvano Martina, the player's agent, suggested his client could be weighing up a move after Napoli were said to be interested, per ESPN:
The player's contract is up for renewal, but Napoli have not contacted me.
Manchester United have already offered him an extension and there are lots of clubs approaching him, but he wants to finish the season at Manchester United - and then we'll see.
Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail also revealed Galatasaray's interest in landing the 32-year-old centre-back, but nothing came of this during the January transfer window.
While Moyes may be disappointed to lose Vidic in the summer, the aging defender's exit would provide extra incentive for the Scottish manager to rebuild his struggling squad.
United's recent loss to Stoke was their eighth of the Premier League season, leaving the Red Devils 15 points off Arsenal at the top of the division, seven away from grabbing fourth.
Vidic's season has been interrupted with injury. He has made 18 appearances across the Premier League and Champions League, per WhoScored.com. Once a physically imposing, forward-thinking defender, he appears to have slowed down in recent times.
Like many at Old Trafford, Vidic has often succumbed to a lack of concentration this year, highlighted by his red card against Chelsea on Jan. 19. While he averages 1.5 tackles and 1.9 clearances each match, he hasn't managed to establish a successful partnership with any of United's other centre-backs.
This is largely down to Rio Ferdinand's sudden loss of form. The duo shared a memorable relationship at the back during recent years, but the pitfalls of age have suddenly struck.
A transfer to Inter would be a smart move for Vidic, who may find it easier to prolong his career in Europe. Serie A is less physical than the Premier League and has been a haven for veteran defenders across its history, including the likes of Paolo Maldini, Fabio Cannavaro and former United player Jaap Stam.
Moyes—may find it useful to consider a future without Vidic, who will always be regarded as a legend at the club.