FC Internazionale Milano president Erick Thohir has hinted that a deal for Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic could be completed soon.
On 7 February, Vidic confirmed he would be leaving United when his contract expires at the end of the season and Inter have been among the favourites to land the Serbian stopper ever since.
“I have decided that I will move on at the end of this season,” said Vidic in an official statement from United.
“I want to challenge myself again and try to make the best of myself in the coming years.
“I’m not considering staying in England as the only club I ever wanted to play for here is Manchester United and I was lucky enough to be part of this club for so many years.
“I’ve got a few options to move on and I will choose the right one for me and for my family.”
A host of top European clubs, including the likes of Fenerbahce, Galatasaray, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, are likely to miss out on Vidic as it is now believed he is on the verge of signing for the Nerazzurri.
In fact, the bookmakers have already removed the former Serbia international from all football specials betting odds. Translation: done deal.
Well, 90% done, according to Nerazzurri president Erick Thohir.
“I don’t want to announce something that’s 90% done,” Thohir told the club’s official website. “I think it’s better to make an announcement when it’s complete.
“I don’t want to speak on something that’s not done yet.”
Vidic, who turned in one of his best performances of the season in United’s last Premier League fixture against Arsenal on 12 February, has scored one goal in 23 competitive appearances for the English champions this term and is priced at 28/1 to score the final goal in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash against Olympiacos F.C. next week.
Marouane Chamakh attracting interest
Crystal Palace striker Marouane Chamakh is reportedly attracting interest from Aston Villa ahead of the summer transfer window.
Chamakh, 30, joined the newly-promoted Palace on a one-year deal from Arsenal last summer and has been a revelation under manager Tony Pulis.
The Morocco international has bagged five goals in 25 English Premier League appearances for the South East London club and his performances have not gone unnoticed, with Villa boss Paul Lambert believed to be an admirer of the 30-year-old.
“I haven’t spoken to Marouane [Chamakh]. We have a few players out of contract at the end of the season,” Pulis told the Daily Express.
“I’m determined that it will get sorted out though.
“I haven’t spoken to any players about contract extensions. Marouane has shown with his work off the ball that he is enjoying his football and that’s all I want from him.”
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