Why to sell them Nemanja Vidic of course. But why now?
Since 2011 rumours have mounted that big spending Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala are willing to loosen the already slack pursestrings even more to prise away one of the Premier League’s biggest names.
The player in question is Manchester United’s defensive stalwart Nemanja Vidic.
Back then the reports were of £25 million bids and £250k-a-week salaries; now that amount seems ludicrous for the Serbian which helps to highlight my point almost immediately. Now is the perfect time to offer Vidic to the Russian tycoon side.
Vidic is certainly not the same player who absolutely dominated the Premier League in the 2008-09 season. Since that marquee campaign he has had to battle with a litany of injury problems. From his back to his knee via his troublesome calf he has suffered desperately with injury problems once again this season.
During that time United have seen Jonny Evans come-of-age at the heart of the defence while Chris Smalling and Phil Jones continue to grow in stature. Meanwhile Rio Ferdinand’s exile from international football appears to have done wonders for his previously frail physique. Simply put United do not need to keep the Serbian any longer.
Then there is his contract situation. His current deal, signed in 2010, expires in the summer of 2014 meaning this summer is the last opportunity to get a good return on the 31-year-old.
But why are Anzhi such a good club for Manchester United to target?
Well that reason is two-fold. Firstly there is the fact the Russian club needs him. After losing Christopher Samba to Queens Park Rangers in January the Dagestan outfit have not yet replaced the Congolese defender. Not to mention that for all the spending that has gone on they have not yet managed to conquer their domestic competition.
Last season’s fifth placed finish was supposed to be largely improved upon this term but currently they sit in third; well off the pace of Zenit St Petersburg and CSKA Moscow above them and just three points away from Spartak Moscow and Rubin Kazan in the chasing pack.
The fact is people are starting to lose faith in the idea of Anzhi as so far that League Title has eluded them and, once again, they will fall short this season.
Which brings you to the next good reason to pick up the phone and give Anzhi a call. This is a team that is likely to grossly overspend in order to flex their muscles on both the domestic and continental front. If United want to squeeze as much money out of this deal as possible there is little doubt that asking Anzhi if they still fancy getting Vidic in their squad is well and truly in their best interests.
Do you think Manchester United should sell Nemanja Vidic this summer?
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