Manchester United’s decision to sack David Moyes before the end of the season could see them miss out the natural successor to Patrice Evra.
AS Monaco left-back Layvin Kurzawa has been heavily rumoured to be a target for Moyes and United this summer, but with Moyes gone and the new boss far from ready to take over, they could lose a step on bringing Kurzawa to Manchester.
At 32 years old, current left-back Evra hasn’t got many years left at the top of European football, and with his contract up in the summer it is unclear where he will be playing his football next season. There have been plenty of rumours linking him with a move back to Ligue 1 with his old club Monaco, and the move would have eased the transition to bring 21-year-old Kurzawa to Old Trafford.
Now that the future of the Manchester club is up in the air, this could leave the window open for other admirers to steal in and get a deal done for the very talented defender. Real Madrid, Chelsea and city rivals Manchester City could all be ready to make a move if Kurzawa looks to leave Ligue 1 this summer.
It has been an excellent season for the France Under-21 international, in his 28 appearances he has been very impressive in his defensive duties, although he has showed some inexperience, but he has scored five goals and looked incredibly good going forward.
This has been Kurzawa’s first proper season in Ligue 1, he made five appearances back in 2011 when ASM were relegated, but this has been his first top-flight season as a starter and although he has impressed, it could be too soon to think about moving up the club ladder.
Despite the pressures that are starting to build at Monaco, they are nothing like the pressures of playing at Manchester United or Real Madrid.
There is no doubt that Kurzawa is an excellent young player and there will be a list of admirers interested this summer, Manchester United may still make a move this summer, but until the appoint a new manager they could slip down the pecking order behind some of Europe’s top clubs.