Patrice Evra has been heavily tipped to follow fellow veteran left-back Ashley Cole to Serie A this summer, with a switch to reigning champions Juventus reportedly imminent.
At the weekend Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reported that the Frenchman remotely signed a contract with the Old Lady from Los Angeles to secure the move.
But the deal hasn’t yet been officially announced by either Juventus or Manchester United, and recent developments seem to have now put it’s completion in jeopardy.
Coach Antonio Conte unexpectedly terminated his contract with Juventus on Tuesday, leaving the Turin outfit’s ongoing transfer business in limbo.
And Evra’s choice to join the club appears to have been affected, as he’s reportedly now requested time to reconsider after Conte’s departure.
“The only thing missing was depositing the contract. However, Evra was surprised by Conte’s departure and asked for some time, he wants to know who will be Juve’s new coach first.”
Former Milan boss Massimilano Allegri - dismissed by the Rossoneri in January - is already believed to be on the verge of being unveiled as Conte’s successor.
One of the main issues with Conte leaving for Juventus is the loss of his ability to draw players to the club with his presence on the bench - reflected in Evra’s appeal for time to think.
Whether the 33-year-old will give the green light to the move or choose to stay at United remains to be seen, with his views on playing under Allegri potentially the deciding factor.