Vidic-Inter: The FIFTH time the Man United man has been close to Serie A

Nemanja Vidic is reportedly close to making the switch to Serie A in the summer, but not nearly for the first time.

The Serbian is out of a contract with Manchester United in the summer and free to negotiate with interested parties, looking unlikely to be kept on at Old Trafford.

David Moyes is thought to be keen to rebuild his side going forward and as such, old guard such as the 32-year-old could well be set to move on.

Sky Sport Italia’s Silvia Vallini has claimed that Inter are in pole position to land the veteran centre-back, even if terms are yet to be finalised.

A significant pay cut of around 50 per cent in magnitude is believed to be the major sticking point, but the Italian press remains bullish that a deal could be concluded in the coming days.

And Sport Mediaset have entered into the discussion of whether Serie A is Vidic’s ‘destiny’ – a term used by transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio – by detailing his history of close encounters with the peninsula.

According to the media giant, this is the fifth such occasion in which the defender has been on the verge of taking his game to the Italian top flight.

First it was Parma that came knocking in 2003, the Ducali having allegedly finalised the transfer – along with that of Cristiano Ronaldo – before disaster struck as parent company Parmalat was plunged into a financially deleterious scandal.

The next year Inter made their first foray for Vidic in scouting him heavily, yet dithered in making a decisive move to be beaten to the punch by Spartak Moscow.

Fiorentina came within a hair’s breadth of picking the Serbia international up as he departed Russia in January 2006, but a lack of non-EU player slots and the glamour of Manchester United meant the Red Devils won out.

Finally, Inter’s desire was piqued once more in March 2009 after Jose Mourinho saw his side held scoreless in a 2-0 aggregate defeat to the Red Devils in the Champions League round of 16 – but alas, Vidic was already making history in Manchester at that point.

It seems quite certain that the defender will be plying his trade away from Old Trafford after the current term and given his past links to Serie A, perhaps an Italian spell is indeed his destiny.

By all accounts the Nerazzurri will at last lock him down on his fifth brush with the southern European nation, both player and club in search of a renaissance of sorts.

Whether each party will get what they need out a the prospective move – quality and stability for Inter and the chance to reinvent himself for the twilight of his career for Vidic – is uncertain, but after over a decade of a star-crossed relationship with Serie A, the Serbian may just be bound for Italy.

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