Manchester United are moving ever closer to re-signing former club captain Nemanja Vidic from Inter Milan, according to Metro.
The Serbian centre-back left England and joined Italian giants Inter Milan in the summer on a free transfer, with the defender looking for new challenges elsewhere, as he felt he had achieved everything possible at United.
Surprising United fans
The move came as a surprise to most United fans, who had hoped that Vidic would have remained at the Old Trafford until his retirement.
With the former fan's favourite heading to Italy to hook up with Walter Mazzarri's side in the summer, the Red Devils were forced into the transfer market to sign Argentina centre back Marcos Rojo as his replacement to play alongside the likes of Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.
However, Vidic's move to Italy has not panned out the way he hoped it would, with the defender receiving very heavy criticism from the Italian media after a number of high-profile mistakes at the heart of the Milan defence.
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And now, with Mazzarri being sacked earlier this week, it looks like Vidic's future at the San Siro could be in jeopardy, with new boss, Roberto Mancini said to be unwilling to place the player in the starting eleven due to his lack of tactical nous.
It is understood that United boss Louis van Gaal has begun to already look into the possibility of the player returning to the Premier League, with the Dutch boss desperate to add Vidic to his defensive options. Some poor performances from his current centre-backs this season has cost the team some valuable points already this season.
United know that they would only have to offer a nominal amount of money to re-sign the Serbian defender, and it looks increasingly likely that a deal will happen once the January transfer window opens.