Football Rumours: Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic will snub Juventus
MANCHESTER United captain Nemanja Vidic will not be joining Juventus in the January transfer window, according to his agent.
The Serie A champions have reportedly been targeting the towering centre-back for a number of months, but the 30-year-old’s agent Silvano Martina has categorically ruled out his client will be exiting Old Trafford.
The Serbian, who has also been attracting interest from Barcelona, has made over 150 appearances for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side but has been struggling for fitness this term after missing eight months of last season after sustaining a serious knee injury.
Fears have since risen that Ferguson is prepared to offload the Serbian but Martina insists he will not be going anywhere soon.
Meanwhile, Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid have all received a transfer boost after Atletico Madrid effectively opened the door to offers for Radamel Falcao next summer.
However, it has been mooted the Premier League clubs will have to table at least �48million to land the prolific striker.
City manager Roberto Mancini flew to Spain to watch the Colombian frontman notch up his eighth goal of the La Liga season as Atletico beat Malaga 2-1 at the weekend.
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In the Championship, Wilfried Zaha has been instructed by his Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman to ignore the advances of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City and remain at Selhurst Park.
Valued at around �10million, the 19-year-old winger is being touted as the hottest property outside of the Premier League, with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger particular keen on snapping him up according to reports.
Staying at the Emirates, Wenger has asked his network of scouts to search for another striker in the January transfer window, while Everton are to give a trial to former Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger, 35.
And former Everton and Arsenal striker Francis Jeffers, 31, is in talks with Maltese side Floriana.
Elsewhere, Edin Dzeko has vowed to stay at Manchester City and fight for his place.
The 26-year-old, who joined from Wolfsburg last January, is once again being linked with a move away from the club with City reputedly scouting for striking reinforcements.
Meanwhile, Sunderland are ready to compete with Everton for the signature of Belgium striker Jelle Vossen, while Leeds United are close to completing a move for Southend United’s 24-year-old winger Ryan Hall.
And finally, key Swansea players have held a series of secret meetings with chairman Huw Jenkins about the management methods of new boss Michael Laudrup.