D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper has told ESPN FC that there is no truth to reports that the club are interested in a move for Nemanja Vidic as he attempts to engineer an exit from Inter Milan.
Vidic, 34, originally joined Inter on a free transfer in July 2014 after ending his eight-year spell at Manchester United but has struggled for form and fitness during his time in Serie A.
The Serbian centre-back has been sidelined since undergoing a hernia operation in August and reports have recently suggested that the Italian club have mutually agreed to terminate his contract 18 months early [h/t Sky Sports].
Agent Silvano Martina confirmed earlier this week that negotiations over a potential departure were ongoing, telling FCInter1908.it: “At the moment I don't know much about what will happen in future. Is termination of the contract by mutual consent possible in January? We're talking about it, so we'll see what happens.
"Nothing has been done yet. The lad is fine, for the moment he is focused only on training."
With rumours now swirling over where Vidic could be heading next, the likes of the Daily Star claimed last month that both Aston Villa and Everton were keen to offer him the chance to revive his career back in England.
The club share a common owner with Inter in Erick Thohir, but speaking at the MLS combine, Kasper gave a short answer when asked whether the veteran defender is on their radar, telling ESPN FC: "No, he's not."
Kasper’s response should not come as a big surprise considering that United are well covered at centre-back with captain Bobby Boswell, Steve Birnbaum, Kofi Opare and utility man Markus Halsti, but according to ESPN FC's report, Vidic does have MLS interest from elsewhere.
One possible landing spot could be the Chicago Fire, who have just one central defender on their roster after culling the bulk of their underperforming squad following last season’s dismal tenth-place finish in the Eastern Conference.
Fellow Serbian Veljko Paunovic was named as their new head coach last month and general manager Nelson Rodriguez revealed earlier this week that the club are competing with Champions League sides for the signature of a “European centre-back”.