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Vidic to be offered improved deal
Manchester United are to offer Nemanja Vidic a contract extension that will place him among the highest earners at Old Trafford. Vidic's position at United has been in doubt, with his agent indicating the 28-year-old is open to a move to Spain or Italy. Sir Alex Ferguson, speaking after the club's pre-season friendly against Philadelphia Union yesterday, admitted he could offer no guarantees on the defender's future. "I can't clarify it at all," the United manager said. Real Madrid are among several clubs linked with the commanding centre-half this year, and Ferguson went only so far as to say "I believe so" when asked if Vidic will still be a Manchester United player next season. United officials, however, mindful of the damaging repercussions should Vidic leave a club plagued by injuries in defence last season, hope to end the uncertainty by securing the Serb on an extended contract. The former Spartak Moscow defender, signed for £7m by United in 2006, has two years remaining on his £70,000-a-week deal and there is a feeling within Old Trafford that his agent is angling for improved terms. United usually open negotiations with players entering the final two years of a contract and are expected to offer Vidic a two-year extension and improved terms of around £90,000 a week.
Andy Hunter, The Guardian
There is widespread coverage of Sir Alex Ferguson's admission that United are likely to seek Premier League loan deals for Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck this season. The Daily Mirror speculates that Welbeck is almost certain to join Sunderland for the 2010/11 campaign.
The Daily Mail suggests Wayne Rooney and the rest of the Reds' World Cup players could be involved in August's friendly in Dublin. "They have a chance of playing in that. It depends on their progress when they come back on July 28," says Sir Alex.