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Real Madrid prepare 20m swoop for Manchester United defender Vidic

30 Dec 2009 12:35:00

Real Madrid prepare 20m swoop for Manchester United defender Vidic

Real Madrid are ready to raid Manchester United for the second time in a year by launching a bid for Nemanja Vidic next summer. Having signed Cristiano Ronaldo in a world record £80million deal in June, Real now want his former Old Trafford team-mate and sources in Spain claim they will make a £20m offer for the Serbia defender at the end of the season. Vidic's future at United has been in doubt for some time. His wife Ana is known to be keen on a move to a warmer climate and he has been linked to some of the top clubs in Europe, including AC Milan, Inter, Barcelona and Real. First choice: Vidic (right) is the man Real Madrid want to marshall the defence United thought they had done well to keep Vidic last summer, withSir Alex Ferguson adamant that he would not sell his central defenderso soon after sanctioning the sale of Ronaldo. The two players became close during their time together at Unitedand it is no secret that they discussed the possibility of linking upabroad in future. Although Vidic is under contract until 2012 and was honoured with aplace in FIFA's World XI last week, he has struggled to live up to thereputation he has built as one of the best central defenders in Europesince joining United for £7m from Spartak Moscow four years ago. However, Real see the uncompromising Serb as an ideal partner forPepe as they look to tighten up a team that is top-heavy with attackingplayers.  Fergie relishing title push as Man United's defensive worries start to easeUnited place Van der Sar on indefinite compassionate leave to stay with sick wifeJAMIE REDKNAPP: Ruthless United and Arsenal wait like cobras then strike Rooney fired up by fear of Fergie as he helps Manchester United strike backMancini dismisses talk of Palermo's star defender Kjaer joining CityBlackburn join Manchester United in the race to prise Marseille star Ben ArfaMANCHESTER UNITED FC


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