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Man Utd defensive cornerstone linked with Fiorentina switch

| 03.01.2014

Manchester United may be gathering some momentum in the Premier League but their push towards the top of the table could be slowed with the departure of Nemanja Vidic.

The Red Devils have won six games on the bounce in all competitions going into their New Year’s Day clash with Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford, a game in which David Moyes’ team are 8/11 favourites for victory.

It’s this momentum which makes them a worthwhile shot at 23/20 to secure a top-four finish, while odds of 14/1 on United retaining the title appear similarly enticing.

However, any hopes of the good times returning to the Premier League champions could hinge on squad changes and while Vidic has yet to hit the form witnessed in previous seasons, his experience and ability would be difficult to replace.

According to Italian news source TuttoMercato, Fiorentina are keen on signing up the 32-year-old, with manager Vincenzo Montella eager to bolster his side’s backline as La Viola go in search of a Champions League spot.

Juventus are currently five points clear of nearest rivals Roma and can be backed at 1/6 to secure another league title, with Fiorentina currently fourth, three points and one position off the European Cup places and odds of 66/1 offered on an unlikely title win.

While Vidic has been injury prone in recent seasons, he has still started in 12 of United’s 19 Premier League fixtures.

With Fiorentina rumoured to be offering the Serbian a three-year-deal and a pay rise, Moyes could face a fight to keep the central defender.

No details on the size of the bid are available, but with Vidic already believed to have been offered a 12-month extension to his current deal at Old Trafford, which runs out at the end of the season, United may need to cash in come January, rather than wait and let the player leave on a free transfer.

The news comes days after the Telegraph reported that Rio Ferdinand would not be offered a new contract at the end of the season.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.