Inter Milan's move for Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is "90 per cent" done, according to the club's president Erick Thohir.
The United skipper recently announced his decision to end his eight-year spell at Old Trafford at the end of the season when his contract expires.
Having confirmed that he has no intention of joining another Premier League side, Inter were quickly installed as favourites to sign the 32-year-old with unconfirmed reports recently suggesting he had signed a two-year deal with the Nerazzurri.
And while a deal is yet to be sealed, Inter are moving ever closer to an agreement that will see the Serbian move to the San Siro.
"I cannot say more than the fact that [the transfer] is 90 per cent done" Thohir was quoted as saying by Eurosport.
"When everything has been defined, we will make an announcement. I will not say anything that is not concrete."
Vidic signed for United during the January transfer window in the 2005/06 season from Spartak Moscow, going onto to forge a partnership with Rio Ferdinand that was widely recognised as one of the best in Europe and integral to United's trophy haul over the past eight years.
But after winning five Premier League titles, three League Cups and the Champions League, the centre half will cut ties with the club just a year into David Moyes' reign as manager.
"I'm not considering staying in England as the only club I ever wanted to play for here is Manchester United," Vidic announced at the beginning of February.
"I never could have imagined winning 15 trophies. However I have decided I will move on at the end of this season."
"I want to challenge myself again."
Despite Vidic's lengthy absences through injury over the past three years, he remains an influential figure in the dressing room and a firm fan favourite.
With Rio Ferdinand also nearing the end of his contract with no signs of a new deal on the horizon, Moyes is likely to add another defensive option to his squad to supplement the current trio of Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.