Old Trafford hero to leave for Russia?
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has emerged as a shock £25million transfer deadline target for Anzhi Makhachkala.
The 29-year-old is wanted by the Russian big spenders to compliment the £20million capture of Samuel Eto’o and the £13.2million signing of Yuri Zhirkov.
A source for the club has said a bid for the Serbian international is imminent, according to the Sun.
The news could be tempting to United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who will see £25million as a good offer for a player of Vidic’s age.
Ferguson has also seen youngsters Phil Jones and Chris Smalling both state cases for regular inclusion in the side, and may cash in on his skipper.
But the manager will only sell his leader, who cost £7million from Spartak Moscow in 2006, if he feels the time is right.
That will not stop Anzhi testing United’s resolve — especially as money is no object for the Manchester City of Russia’s top flight.
Anzhi are controlled by Russian billionaire Suleyman Kerimou, who has an estimated personal fortune of £5bn.
He stunned the football world last week with his swoop for Eto’o, who is said to be on a whopping £300,000 a week.