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Inter reveal their interest in signing Vidic on a cut-price contract

ESPN staff
February 6, 2014
Nemanja Vidic is said to be upset that Manchester United are letting his contract expire © Getty Images

Inter Milan are keen to sign Nemanja Vidic with the Manchester United defender's contract about to expire.

The Serbian has been linked with several other Italian clubs, including Napoli and Juventus, but his agent, Silvano Martina, said Inter have made the first approach for the centre-back.

He told InterLive.it: "The Nerazzurri have shown an interest for my client, at least for now."

The Italian club have made it clear clear to Vidic's representatives that they are ready to offer the Serbian defender a two-year deal at the San Siro, according to the Daily Telegraph.

However, while the length of the contract would be attractive to the Serbian, he would have to take a 50% pay cut to complete the deal, it is claimed, and interest from Monaco and Juventus may prove more appealing.

Vidic, despite entering the latter stages of his career, will be in demand as he will become a free agent in the summer. The 32-year-old is already free to begin negotiations with foreign clubs after entering the final six months of his United contract.

Vidic, who is due to return from a three-match suspension against Fulham on Sunday, is said to be disappointed that he has had to look beyond Old Trafford with United yet to open talks on a new deal.

David Moyes anticipated extending Vidic's contract after taking charge last summer, saying in September: "I didn't know about Vida's contract. I have not looked into it yet. I am sure the chief executive and the club will be doing that.

"He's not old. He is a really top centre-half. He's the best I have ever worked with, that's for sure."

Subsequent injury problems and questions over his form may have altered the manager's view. Moyes has promised an overhaul of his squad in the summer.

In addition to Vidic, older players such as Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra are among those who are vulnerable to any shake-up with both also yet to be given new contracts.

Vidic is available to return for United when they host Fulham on Sunday after serving a three-match ban for his red card in the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea.

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