Reports today suggest that vice-captain Patrice Evra could be on his way out of Old Trafford this summer.
The French defender is linked with a lucrative move back to here homeland with former club AS Monaco where he four years before transferring to United under Sir Alex Ferguson.
He cost the Red Devils £5.5 million back in 2002, a deal worth every penny – he’s helped United win five Premier League titles, three League Cups and the Champions League title and Club World Cup in 2008.
The 32-year-old fullback has been linked with a possible return to his boyhood club Paris Saint-Germain who were reportedly chasing him in the run up to this summer’s transfer window.
With his contract expiring in a year’s time, it’s likely that United would be prepared to listen to offers for the Frenchman – and I suspect he’d be more than happy with a return to France where he can better impress the national team coach Didier Deschamps ahead of next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
Monaco, however, have only just emerged as potential suitors of Evra’s – the suggestion he could return to the Stade Louis II is a recent development as far as transfer stories go. The super-rich Ligue 1 outfit are making headway in the transfer market already this summer.
They’ve already agreed huge deals to bring in Porto pair Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez along with indication they have agreed terms with the most wanted striker on the continent – Athletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao.
According to reports, Evra is not the only target of Monaco’s who currently resides at Old Trafford. Similarly to Evra’s case, winger Nani’s contract has just one year left and, following concerns over his form and fitness, the Portuguese winger will likely be sold this summer.
Could it be double trouble for Monaco? I wouldn’t bet against it. However, Red Devils fans need not despair – speculation Evra will likely leave means David Moyes will have already weighed up his options to replace the left-back and we all know who his primary target will likely be.
Leighton Baines has been the best left-back in the Premier League by some distance this term under Moyes at Everton and subsequently rumours he could follow the new United boss to Old Trafford has intensified in recent weeks.
If rumours over Evra’s departure back to France are to be believed, United fans can expect that Baines will likely come in to replace him – more than just a silver lining for Manchester United fans.
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