Italian press label former United and Chelsea stars Vidic and Cole as Serie A flops

Nemanja Vidic

Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic, along with Ashley Cole and Fernando Torres, have been named among Serie A’s biggest free transfer flops.

Italian newspaper Repubblica has named Nemanja Vidic, Ashley Cole and Fernando Torres as negatives, in the argument of what you can expect to achieve with free transfers.

Although, he may not a free transfer, Chelsea loanee Fernando Torres has certainly found life in Italy as tough as he did in England, with only one goal to show from eight appearances.

Berlusconi has even been reported to be demanding Inzaghi to play the Chelsea striker, even entering the dressing room at half-time against Fiorentina to ask for the player to be substituted on, but to no avail.

Torres responded to claims he wasn’t cut out for the Serie A on Spanish radio, stating he felt better and better each day and was still taking the time to learn the league but felt he could be a success.

Cole, on the other hand, has been booed by supporters, outed as a has-been and generally hammered since his move to Italy, more specifically, since his performance against Bayern Munich.

The seven conceded to Bayern Munich, left a black mark on the former England international’s record and speculative reports indicate Manchester United could make a move for him when the winter window opens.

Nemanja Vidic’s name also appears on the list, which isn’t surprising given Inter’s poor start to the season which has left Walter Mazzarri on the brink of losing his job.

The former United skipper picked up a red card on his competitive debut for the club and has proceeded to make a number of high profile mistakes which have lead to Inter conceding 12 goals during his 10 appearances for the club. Nevertheless, Erick Thohir - the Inter Milan president – praised the signing as a bargain and has dismissed talk that he was signed purely for marketing purposes in the Middle East.

Fernando Torres and Nemanja Vidic both started in their side’s losses at the weekend, but Ashley Cole was dropped to the bench in favour of 30-year-old Greek full-back Jose Holebas and watched on as Roma conceded twice and lost to title rivals Napoli.

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