Eastlands side ready to make big money move for Old Trafford stalwart.
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Manchester City are weighing up a renewed attempt to sign Nemanja Vidic and make the Manchester United captain the leader of their defence, Goal.com UK can reveal.
Vidic signed a new four-year contract at Old Trafford only last summer but City believe they can take advantage of noises from the player’s camp that he is not completely settled at the club he joined five years ago.
Goal.com UK understands that Vidic was unhappy that his new £90,000-a-week deal did not put him on parity with his £120,000-a-week central defensive colleague Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney’s bumper new contract has driven a further wedge between the Serb and his employers.
Although Vidic was given the club captaincy by manager Sir Alex Ferguson after injury had severely curtailed the appearances of Ferdinand and Gary Neville, the 29-year-old is attracted by the possibility of one final monster pay-day at Eastlands.
“City were prepared to double Vidic’s wages last summer and they are still are,” said a Manchester source. “They have signed a lot of defenders since Sheiikh Mansour bought the club but they do not have a world-class player who they can build the defence around for the next few years.
“Vidic fits the bill perfectly as a proven and durable Premier League centre-back.” (Goal.com)
Whilst it is not unlike Man City to make moves for players who look seemingly out of their reach one does wonder why Roberto Mancini is looking for further defensive options given that only one Premier League side, Chelsea, have conceded less than the Eastlands side.
Nemanja Vidic is far too crucial for Sir Alex Ferguson and the Old Trafford boss will not think for one moment about selling the battling Serbian international, regardless of what is offered for the £25m rated centre back. The fact that the 29 year old has only recently signed a long term deal makes the chances of any move being successful as slim to none.
One would have thought that Roberto Mancini would be more keen to resolve the attacking element of his Man City side as without Carlos Tevez, a player who has said he wants to leave the club, they have very little in the way of effective attacking options.
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