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Inter Milan ready to sell Nemanja Vidic to Manchester United

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Manchester United have received a significant boost in their attempts to re-sign Nemanja Vidic as Inter Milan are now ready to let him leave in January, reports Metro.

Citing Italian newspaper Tuttosport, the report states that the Serie A club have grown tired of the former Red Devils captain after several high profile mistakes. The Italian press have been on Vidic's back since he arrived at the San Siro on a big money two-year contract.

New manager Roberto Mancini does not see Vidic as part of his long-term project at Inter Milan and he is ready to move him on as soon as possible.

United could pounce

That is great news for Louis van Gaal who is looking to add experience to his defensive line with a host of stars currently struggling with injury. Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Marcos Rojo have all struggled with injury while Chris Smalling has not impressed.

The report states that Van Gaal will have to agree to pay a nominal fee to get the deal done in the January transfer window with Inter ready to accept a loss on the wages already paid to the centre-back.

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Short-term option

Vidic, 33, would be the short-term option Manchester United need. Coupled with his experience in the Premier League and stature at Old Trafford, the Serbian could provide the moral boost required to get them into the top four.

The Serbian formed a successful partnership with Rio Ferdinand in an eight-year spell. In that time he won five Premier League titles as well as one Champions League trophy.

Defensive woes

Manchester United's defensive line will be made up of the likes of Antonio Valencia and unproven youngster Paddy McNair when they visit Arsenal on Saturday. Since losing Vidic in the summer to a free transfer, plenty of critics have cited it as one of David Moyes' biggest mistakes.

While Jones and Rojo are expected to be first choice when they return to full fitness, there are concerns that Evans and Smalling could be facing the chop in the near future. Smalling has hit headlines for all the wrong reasons this season and Arsenal are reportedly ready to take him off their hands.

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