Report: Manchester United continue to track Evra replacement

Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid left-back Filipe Luis is reportedly a transfer target for Manchester United and French side Monaco.

The 28-year-old Brazilian international was said to be the subject of a €22m bid by Manchester United during the January transfer window, although he ended up staying put.

But, according to Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo, Luis continues to be high up on Manchester United's wish list.

Since signing from Real Zaragoza in 2010, Luis is now considered to be a key player in the Atletico Madrid starting XI. The defender has started 19 La Liga games so far this campaign, recording 79 tackles – Atletico Madrid’s second highest season to date. Atletico's manager Diego Simeone has had a huge impact on Luis’ career, transforming the Brazilian from a nervous fullback to one of La Liga’s most determined defenders.

Manchester United, of course, have been linked with a number of left-backs this term, as the future of Patrice Evra remains in doubt. Everton’s Leighton Baines and Southampton’s Luke Shaw have been touted as possible replacements, but Baines has recently signed a new contract, and Manchester United may face a lot of competition for Shaw.

Manchester United manager David Moyes' interest in Filipe Luis came about through scouting fellow Atletico Madrid stars Diego Costa and Koke. And Deportivo Mundo now claims that Manchester United conitune to monitor Luis' progress, even though he is currently out injured.

Manchester United, however, aren't Filipe Luis’ only admirer - Claudio Ranieri has shown an interest in adding the Brazilian to his expensively-assembled Monaco side. With Monaco all but certain to finish in the top three in Ligue 1, the well-off French side could hold an advantage over United by guaranteeing Champions League football next season.

Either way, both clubs will know that they will have to offer more than €22m to tempt Atletico Madrid to sell such a key player.

Would Filipe Luis be a good replacement for Patrice Evra at Manchester United ?

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