Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra is reportedly close to signing for Italian giants Juventus is a £1.2 million switch, just weeks after having his contract extended for a further year by the Old Trafford club. According the The Mirror, Juventus has offered the France international, who recently returned from the FIFA World Cup in Brazil after being knocked out of the tournament by finalists Germany, a two-year contract to sign for the club. Evra was originally linked with a move to Inter Milan along with former United team-mate Nemanja Vidic this summer, but nothing materialised and it was assumed that the one-year contract, which was a clause in his previous contract and was exercised by the club, would keep him in Manchester.
United are heavily linked by the press with a move for Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal, who also plays for Juventus, but according to reports today in the Daily Star, United are currently dealing with the player’s agent with a £50 million move being touted. It is not understood whether Evra will be part of the deal, which would be a blessing for United as Vidal is a midfielder the club have been searching for ever since Roy Keane left the club and Owen Hargreaves suffered a series of knee injuries. Evra will no doubt leave a void at the Old Trafford club, especially as senior played such as Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Ryan Giggs have left the side, it leaves only a few senior players at the club, which is now heading into another new era under Louis van Gaal.
United signed England left-back Luke Shaw over the past few weeks, who will be the long-term successor for Evra, but it was assumed that United would retain the France international to help the 18-year-old settle into his new club, but right now that doesn’t seem to be the case. United were linked to VfL Wolfsburg’s Swiss left-back Ricardo Rodríguez on Monday, which fuelled rumours of Evra leaving for Italy this summer. The Mirror also report that Evra’s wife Sandra was not keen to stay in Manchester for another year, which can neither be confirmed or denied, which adds to the rumours earlier in the year suggesting that the French defender could follow Vidic to Inter Milan.
Many United supporters will miss Evra, should these reports be accurate, but last season was not his best at the club, defensively anyway. Evra played further forward last season, which meant he left his position wide open at times which resulted in United being found out by their opposition and them conceding a goal which need not have been conceded. Evra did score a few goals, the one against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final will be a memorable one. Twenty seconds of elation, before United were shown the reality once again. The Mirror state that United are not standing in the 33-year-olds way, which effectively gives him the green light to make his move to Italy.