Russians look to tempt United ace away with bumper contract

Nemanja Vidic, Manchester United DefenderRussian club Anzhi Makhachkala are preparing to swoop in for Nemanja Vidic and lure the towering centre-back away from the Premier League with a huge 250k-per-week contract offer, according to the Daily Mail.

Rumours have been circulating over the Serbian’s future at Manchester United and the player has been linked with a move to either Juventus or Barcelona this January.

Although considered a key player at Old Trafford, the defender’s future at the club has been in question since his second serious knee injury within the last year, and Ferguson has shown interest in signing Fulham’s Brede Hangeland, who is of a similar mould to the Serbian international.

It has been reported that United are expecting a £33 million bid for Vidic from Anzhi to bring him back to the Russian League. Vidic is currently sidelined after aggravating his previous injury to his cruciate knee ligament against Liverpool at the start of the season, however the centre-back is expected to return to fitness by the start of January, meaning he would be immediately available for Anzhi should the deal go through.

Nemanja Vidic’s agent Silvano Martina has previously played down talks of a move away from the Premier League.

“Vidic is not playing at this time because he`s had surgery, so he`s only thinking about his recovery and not about the transfer market.

Vidic is already part of a top club and there are no negotiations with Juventus or Barcelona” he added.

A statement is yet to be made about a potential return to the Russian League. Anzhi’s huge contract offer to Vidic may be tempting, but will not make the defender the club’s top earner. Cameroon international Samuel Eto’o is currently on a 350k-per-week deal for the Russian big spenders.

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