VIEIRA BIDS IMMINENT
By James Burton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Inter hierarchy have reportedly met Marc Roger, Vieira's manager, this week and are now set to make Arsenal an offer they cannot refuse but they are sure to be joined by Juventus who are closely monitoring the Nerazzuri's movements.
Arsenal's valuation of Vieira is believed to be in region of £25 million but Inter are prepared to meet that fee with a cash plus players deal. Clarence Seedorf and possibly France's Under-21 international goalkeeper Sebastien Frey plus £13 million pounds will be used in an attempt to persuade Arsene Wenger to sell.
The emergence of Frey this season has been one of the few bright spots of a campaign dogged by scandal at Inter. It had been previously stated that the promising keeper would not be sold but Wenger is known to be an admirer and is desperate to find a quality successor for veteran David Seaman.
Juve are also ready to tempt Wenger with young French talent in the shape of striker David Trezeguet. The scorer of last summer's winning goal in the final of Euro 2000 has failed to hold down a regular place in Turin and has made it clear he will not settle for place on the bench.
Trezeguet's situation is similar to that of Thierry Henry who was also plucked by Wenger from a nightmare scenario at Juve. Henry's career has flourished in The Premiership and Wenger could be more tempted by the prospect of linking up two of the world's fastest strikers.
Vieira joined Arsenal following a brief flirtation with Serie A early in his career with Milan, the 24-year-old making two appearances in the Rossoneri colours before Wenger brought the player to England.
Then, last season, Vieira sprang to the attention of Serie A's leading clubs after a good performance against Fiorentina in the Champions League and a starring role during France's successful Euro 2000 campaign.
However, the midfield powerhouse has said he would never return to play Italy because of the widespread racism. Yet, in recent weeks, the player has admitted to talking with international colleagues Zinedine Zidane and Trezeguet about Juventus and being impressed with what he has heard.
Vieira has also expressed his displeasure with Arsenal's season after they crashed out of the Champions League to Valencia, although he has also insisted he wants to remain at Highbury.