Manchester United: Is Nemanja Vidic set to leave Old Trafford?
Will the impending signing of Ezequiel Garay signal the end of Nemanja Vidic's association with Manchester United?
One of the names that has repeatedly popped up in discussions regarding David Moyes' possible transfer targets is Benfica’s Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay.
The 26-year-old centre-back has been linked with a £17million transfer to Old Trafford, and was reportedly seen looking for houses in Manchester during the last week.
If Garay were to complete the move from Portugal to Manchester, he would join central defenders Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling on Moyes' defensive ammunition.
With Michael Keane and Scott Wootton also knocking on the door of the first-team squad following impressive performances in the League Cup in the 2012-2013 season, it is likely that Moyes will want to cut one man from his squad.
And - whichever way you look at it - that man will likely be Serbian veteran Vidic.
The 31-year-old joined United from Spartak Moscow for approximately £7million on January 5 2006, and has since then firmly established himself as one of the club's, and indeed the Premier League's, best ever defenders.
Known for his no-nonsense approach to defending and immense bravery on the pitch, he has been at the centre of many of United's greatest league triumphs, and was even named Manchester United fans' Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year at the end of the 2008-2009 season.
He was installed as permanent captain of the club after the retirement of Gary Neville at the beginning of the 2010-2011 season, ahead of the likes of long-serving British players Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.
However, after six-and-a-half trophy-laden years at Manchester United, it looks like it may be time to take a curtain call on what has been an extraordinary Old Trafford career.
Vidic has suffered many long-term injuries over the last two years, and as a result has not been able to chalk up a decent run of first-team appearances.
With the likes of Jones and Smalling firmly establishing themselves in the first team, and the long-serving Ferdinand enjoying a stellar second half of the 2012-2013 season, even a fully-fit Vidic might not get the number of first-team appearances a player of his calibre and reputation deserves.
Despite being captain, Vidic may realise that he may soon be starved of first-team opportunities and it may be time to look for pastures new.
If Vidic were to be made available for a transfer, there would no doubt be countless teams across Europe that would look to secure his signature.
All we can do is speculate and hope that we have not seen the last of the mighty Vidic in a Manchester United shirt.
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