The news yesterday from the agent of Nemanja Vidic was news we might have been expecting for a while now - that the Serbian’s future at Manchester United was far from assured.
The club captain, who has spent much of the past two years struggling with various injuries, is out of contract in the summer - and this is what Silviano Martina stated last night:
"At the moment, I would rule out an extension with Manchester United. Vidic, given his contract situation, has several teams looking at him. Vidic is a very good player and will have no trouble finding a new club. For the time being we are remaining calm."
This could be viewed as a blessing in disguise for United. Vidic’s qualities as a leader and strongman are never in doubt - but his fitness, pace and stamina are. He is certainly 'on the turn' in regards to his 'use by' date.
So his potential leaving should be seen as an opportunity to start afresh.
And the timing could not be better - as a former target has just been touted out by his agent.
Manchester United were heavily linked with an interest in Brazilian international Dede in 2012 and 2013 - but he instead joined Brazilian rivals Cruzeiro from Vasco da Gama - citing a need to continue developing in Brazilian football:
“It is too soon to leave. Brazilian football is making me grow, I feel ready to represent the Selecao in a good way without having to leave the country."
And develop he did. He was a star performer for Cruzeiro as they romped to the Brazilian league title - led from the front by fellow United target Everton Ribeiro.
The Brazilian season is now over - so for many it is a chance to make the move abroad. And it seems Dede is on many a team’s shopping list.
His agent, Claudio Vagheggi, has made it clear there is English interest in his player - and even suggested a price that would see him leave his current club.
"Several clubs in England and Russia are following Dedé, but he is only going to leave Cruzeiro for €12 to €15 million."
He is certainly a talent worth backing at that price. But the likelihood of him leaving his homeland seems small considering the upcoming World Cup.
Except he recently lost his place in the Brazilian squad to Paris Saint-Germain starlet Marquinhos. So perhaps a move to the continent is becoming more enticing for the nine caps man?
Either way, it is certainly worth a cheeky bid in January.
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