Nemanja Vidic will leave Manchester United this summer and head for the continent in a £20 million deal, according to the club’s own players, the Guardian reports. The giant Serbian, signed from Spartak Moscow four years ago, has made his mind up to leave and those fears prompted the purchase of Chris Smalling for more than £10 million last month.
Vidic has consistently denied wanting out of the club amid fears that his wife is unhappy in Manchester. But those denials sound trite in full knowledge that the player’s agents are fueling interest among Europe’s leading clubs, including United’s Champions League opponents AC Milan, as well as Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The defender, whose contract ends in June 2012, is yet to ink a new deal with the club and should no signature be forthcoming in the next few months it will accelerate Vidic’s departure in the summer.
Vidic has suffered with a pinched nerve in recent weeks and the defender pulled himself out of the team to face Arsenal last weekend despite making the bench for the Carling Cup semi-final against Manchester City.