The Old Trafford captain is out of contract in the summer and is a long-standing target of the Italian champions.
Nemanja Vidic’s future is currently up in the air, with the Serbian centre-half out of contract at Manchester United at the end of the season. The eastern European stopper has once again been linked with a switch to Juventus, and there is an argument to state that it may well be time for the Old Trafford outfit to part company with their skipper.
Vidic has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Turin giants over the last couple of years, and the rumours have returned again with the January transfer window in mind. Reports in Italy are suggesting that Antonio Conte’s men will test United’s resolve with a €9.5m bid for Vidic at the turn of the year.
With Vidic able to leave the club on a free transfer next summer, United need to carefully assess the situation that they find themselves in. To ward off potential suitors such as Juve, a new contract for the Serb will be needed, and David Moyes’ most recent comments on the matter suggest that the Premier League champions want to extend Vidic’s current deal.
However, with United in a transitional phase, now is as good a time as any for changes in personnel with the future in mind. With Vidic turning 32 in ten days time, there is an argument to suggest that his best days are behind him and although he has been solid this season, he is not the devastating force that Old Trafford fans adored before a serious injury took its toll.
With the ageing Vidic partnered by Rio Ferdinand, 35 next month, the Premier League champions have not looked water tight over he last 12 months. Despite winning the Premier League last term, the Red Devils let in too many goals and this season they have been susceptible to conceding easily also.
With the likes of Phil Jones and Jonny Evans performing well at centre-half when given the opportunity, the end of this season (or sooner) may well be the time to replace the old guard with dynamics deputies with something to prove.
If this is the case, United would be best advised to cash in on Vidic rather than lose him on a free transfer six months later. €9.5 million is a good return for a 32-year-old, and the money could be used to invest in bolstering the squad elsewhere.
Vidic is a fans’ favourite but the reality is that if a good offer comes in from abroad in January, United may well decide that it is time to cut ties with the Serbian centre-half.
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