Milan kidding themselves with Vidic bid

March 4, 2009

If you listen to reports originating from the San Siro, A.C. Milan are lining up a summer move for Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic. The Rossoneri are rumoured to be willing to offer Manchester United 17 million pounds to acquire the services of the 27 year old Serbian international.  Milan’s aging defense is in desperate need of reinforcement. With Paolo Maldini (40) due to retire at the end of the current Serie A campaign, Alessandro Nesta (32) plagued with injuries and Philippe Senderos returning to Arsenal from his season long loan, Milan will have a shortage of quality in the heart of their defense. The move for Vidic makes perfect sense. At least it does for Milan.


There is however, one problem with the equation. No amount of money will tempt Sir Alex Ferguson to part with his prized centre back. In fact, it would be Sir Alex’s biggest mistake as a manager if he did. It is in huge part to Vidic’s dominating season, that Edwin Van Der Sar went 1,311 minutes in the Premier League without conceding a goal. Vidic’s rock like presence and uncompromising brand of football has shot Manchester United to the summit of the table and has already brought (and will bring more) silverware to the cabinets at Old Trafford this season. Nemanja Vidic’s supremacy this season has made him a shoo-in for the English Premier League’s player of the year, a feat rarely won by a defender. Vidic has not only proven his value in the back half of the field, but he has also popped up with four goals this season, one of which was a crucial 90th minute match winner against Sunderland back in December, coming at a time when United couldn’t afford to fall further behind in the title race. Sir Alex has Jonathan Evans, Manchester United’s young centre back, waiting in the wings as a great prospect for the future, but until he gets more first team experience he is no where near ready to fill Vidic’s boots.


Milan will try and tempt Vidic into a career in Italy, however, Sir Alex Ferguson won’t allow it to happen, not even if it means making three or four times the 7 million pounds that was outlay on Vidic in 2006.  Keeping the key asset of his defense will be his number one priority in the summer, not increasing the bank account at Manchester United.  Milan will need to look elsewhere.


One Response to “Milan kidding themselves with Vidic bid”

  1. Adam said

    Totally agree! AC Milan can have our old unwanted players (Beckham) but they are not going to get Vidic. Maybe they could try going for someone like Carragher instead…

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