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Manchester United Transfer News: Nemanja Vidic-to-Inter Deal '90 Percent Done'

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17:  Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United in action during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford on September 17, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2014

With his time at Manchester United winding to a close, Nemanja Vidic is on the cusp of sealing a free transfer to the San Siro this summer, with Inter Milan supposedly inches away from sealing his signature.

The Serie A outfit's new president Erick Thohir noted that a deal to sign the Serbian is "90 percent complete," per FC Inter News (h/t Press Association Sport, via Eurosport):

"I can’t saying anything other than the deal for Vidic is 90% done. When everything is sorted we will make an announcement," Thohir is quoted saying.

It could turn out to be a great coup for the Italian giants, which will be getting their hands on a player past his best by all means, but even at his current output, Vidic is a defensive monolith when in form.

WhoScored rated the defender as Man of the Match for his performance in the 0-0 stalemate against Arsenal earlier in February:

The 32-year-old is soon to bring an eight-and-a-half-year stay at Old Trafford to its end, the latest in a lengthening line of senior figures to jump the United ship in recent years.

The Sunday Times' Duncan Castles gives slightly more insight into what Vidic can expect to earn as an Inter player:

Earlier in February, the club's official website reported Vidic saying he wouldn't be remaining in the Premier League out of respect for Manchester United but that his destiny lay elsewhere come this summer:

It’s the last year of my contract and I have had eight wonderful years here. My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career. 

I’m not considering staying in England as the only club I ever wanted to play for here is Manchester United and I was lucky enough to be part of this club for so many years. I’ve got a few options to move on and I will choose the right one for me and for my family. 

Inter can use all the help they can get in returning to the Serie A hierarchy. As things stand in the Italian top flight, the Nerazzurri lay fifth, but they have conceded the most goals of any team in the top five (28), not to mention scoring the least (42).

It isn't the first time that Vidic has been linked with a move to Italy, but this would appear to be the juncture at which speculation finally comes to fruition.

A new chapter in the centre-back's story is set to begin in the 2014-15 season, and Thohir would appear confident that the tale will be written in Milan.

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