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The Rossoneri are looking to add some much needed muscle to their frail backline...

Milan are stepping up their interest in Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic as they aim for the Champions League places.

The Rossoneri have highlighted top European football as their main objective next term and they will need a decent defence to cope.

Il Corriere Dello Sport claims that chiefs at the Via Turati club have trained their sights on Vidic. The United stopper has been impressive, and Milan believe he can be the wrench in defence in order to stop it from leaking goals.

The backline has been the cause of some poor displays this term. The defending in recent games has been less than perfect. A top stopper can help relieve the problems.

Paolo Maldini will be leaving at the end of term and there is also uncertainty over Alessandro Nesta, therefore coach Carlo Ancelotti will have a defensive headache if he doesn't bring in reinforcements.

Reports suggest that 27-year-old Vidic has a penchant for Serie A, but his contract expires in 2012. However, it is believed at the Corriere that Milan can snare him from under Sir Alex Ferguson's clutches for around €20 million, although this figure does seem incredibly low by Premier League standards.

Salvatore Landolina, Goal.com

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