Ex-Fiorentina chief: We were close to Nemanja Vidic deal

Nemanja Vidic

The Serbian defender could well have ended up at Serie A before signing for Manchester United.

Manchester United will say goodbye to current skipper Nemanja Vidic at the end of the season, with the Serbian defender set to move to Inter Milan.

However, the successful centre-half could well have moved to Italy before his switch to Old Trafford in 2005 – with Fiorentina close to landing his signature from CSKA Moscow.

Former Fiorentina chief Pantaleo Corvino has been speaking about Vidic’s impending move to Italy and has recalled his experience with the eastern European star.

“Vidic to Inter? First of all I wish him a great season with Inter, but the first thing I will ask him is to give me back the stylish bag which he had asked from me!” he told Tuttomercatoweb.

"He had signed with Fiorentina after we paid the buyout clause he had with CSKA Moscow.

"We had reached an agreement for the transfer, but then came United with a salary three or four times greater than ours."

Although United fans will be sad to see Vidic leave the club this summer, they will remember his achievements with the club.

The search to find his replacement is said to be underway, with a lot of players mentioned as possible targets to fill the defender’s considerable shoes.

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