Barcelona to Launch January Bid for Man United Defender

Nou Camp side keen on Old Trafford centre-back.

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Italian source CalcioMercato today report that Barcelona are preparing a hopeful January move for Man United centre-back Nemanja Vidic. The Serbian international is currently sidelined and not due to return to action before Christmas but this hasn’t stopped Tito Vilanova earmarking a move for the Old Trafford defender.

Sir Alex Ferguson has seen his side rocked by injury and poor form and would have been glad to see his back-four register a rare clean sheet against a toothless Arsenal side on Saturday and the Scot will be more than aware that Vidic is perhaps Man United’s most consistent performer and as such will not be a player he would consider selling anytime soon.

With Chris Smalling and Phil Jones also out of action and Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans not exactly covering themselves with glory thus far this season, Man United have struggled for form at the back and if anything Ferguson is likely to look to strengthen his defence and not sell any of those in his current squad.

Barcelona top La Liga but do so despite the fact they have conceded more any other side in the top four. The Nou Camp side have struggled to cope with injuries suffered by first choice centre back pairing Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique and have had to turn to the likes of Javier Mascherano as makeshift replacements, such is the lack of options available to Vilanova.

Barcelona have amazingly managed just two clean sheets in their ten domestic league games this term, conceding 12 goals in the process and most recently allowing newly promoted Deportivo La Coruna to score four times.

Therefore it’s no surprise Vilanova would be looking to beef up his threadbare back-line but they may have a tough time of it trying to persuade Ferguson to sell.

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