Will Old Trafford centre back push for Bernabeu move?
NEMANJA VIDIC wants to quit Manchester United for Real Madrid.
Vidic is disappointed the Old Trafford side have not offered him a new contract this summer.
Now the defender wants to join Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu in an £18million move.
The ex-Chelsea boss wants the Serbian to form the backbone of his new-look defence, with Ashley Cole of Chelsea another target.
Vidic, 28, joined United in 2006 in a £7m transfer from Spartak Moscow.
He signed a new deal a year later taking his wages to £70,000 a week.
But that was still well behind centre-back partner Rio Ferdinand who is on £110,000 a week.
Vidic was expecting to be offered a new deal this summer.
United players always used to be offered new contracts when they had just two years left.
But in another cost-cutting exercise by owners the Glazers that has now been reduced to just one year – except in the case of Wayne Rooney.
Vidic has played nearly 200 times for the Reds.
His departure will signal a defensive crisis, with Ferdinand unlikely to start the season due to his knee injury.
Vidic is not due back at United until the end of this month having taken part in the World Cup.
By then he will be hoping a transfer to Real has been completed. (The Sun)
Sir Alex Ferguson will have to work fast if he is to prevent this Nemanja Vidic situation get any worse. The 28 year old Serbian has been excellent for the Premier League club ever since his arrival in 2006 and if indeed this was a case of the centre back just wanting to be paid on a par with Rio Ferdinand then one would imagine that the Man United boss would have offered the former Spartak Moscow man a new deal, but it seems that the Old Trafford side may be fighting a losing battle to keep the battling defender.
Real Madrid obviously have an annoying knack of poaching talent from the club and the strained relationship between the two clubs may prevent a deal being struck but Ferguson knows not to get stuck with an unhappy player and may instead elect to get as much cash as he can for Vidic.
If the club were to lose Nemanja then the race would be on to snap up a suitable replacement as it appears that the likes of Chris Smalling may be too a little too raw to be chucked in at the deep end.