Highly affluent Russian Premier League outfit Anzhi Makhachkala are lining up a lucrative bid for Manchester United centre-back Nemanja Vidic, the Daily Mail understands.
Anzhi recently stunned world football with the signing of Samuel Eto’o from Inter Milan, in a deal believed to be worth in the region of £330,000 a month for the Cameroonian international striker. Subsequently, after financing the recruitment of Eto’o, Anzhi’s billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimou is thought to be willing to do likewise for other high profile players, one of which being United’s Vidic.
Significant speculation surrounded the future of Vidic last summer, as the player was linked with moves to Real Madrid and AC Milan. However this ended when the 29 year-old Serbian signed a new four year deal and was given the captaincy at United.
No official comment has yet been made by either Anzhi or United in relation to the former party’s rumoured interest in Vidic, who is currently recovering from a calf injury sustained in the Red Devils 2-1 win over West Brom on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
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Sneijder set for stay.
The speculation which has persisted over the course of this summer linking Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder with a switch to Manchester United will now almost certainly remain unrealised in this transfer window according to the player himself, goal.com has reported.
Although touted in many quarters as a potential successor to the retired Paul Scholes as United’s chief playmaker, Sneijder has not been the subject of any formal bids from United, with Sir Alex Ferguson also distancing himself from a move for the Dutchman on several occasions.
Even if United did table a late bid, Sneijder revealed another factor which has majorly diminished the possibility of him moving to Old Trafford before the closure of the transfer window tomorrow midnight. “It was either me or Eto’o to leave Inter and since he has now gone there is no need for Inter to sell me.”
Whilst thoroughly enjoying his meteoric ascent to Manchester United’s first team in the early stages of this season, Tom Cleverley believes he remains the same player and person who prospered on loan at Wigan, as revealed by the Guardian.
Following his loan spell at Wigan, during which he helped the Latics retain their Premier League status, Cleverley has featured prominently in United’s starting XI to such great effect that he is now part of Fabio Capello’s England squad for the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers, the first of which is against Bulgaria in Sofia on Friday night.
Cleverley is however extremely modest about his introduction to the limelight at United. “Although I feel I improved in pre-season, I am still the same guy and still the same footballer who was sent out on loan to Wigan last year. Just because I am playing in United’s first team, that doesn’t all of a sudden make me a great player,” proclaimed Cleverley.