It looked as though Patrice Evra was certain to leave Manchester United this summer after David Moyes had made it quite clear that Leighton Baines would have forced the Frenchman out of the team, if he hadn’t turned us down to stay at Everton.
As the season progressed, Luke Shaw’s link with United grew stronger, although his Chelsea-supporting childhood and Ashley Cole’s impending exit meant we weren’t taking anything for granted.
Evra, who’s form has been unimpressive for years, was certainly going to be replaced this summer, we just didn’t know who by.
However, when he signed a contract extension last month, it was fantastic news. He obviously could presume that he wouldn’t be our first choice left-back, and that was proven true when Shaw eventually did sign, but was happy to stick around regardless. Whilst his influence on the pitch is nothing to write home about, his presence in the dressing room is massive. To have his experience about the place for another year, particularly as Shaw was finding his feet, would have been brilliant.
Over the past few days, rumours claiming that Evra is on his way to Juventus have started the gain momentum. This evening, it was reported that Evra has asked can he move to the Italian champions and United have begrudging agreed.
However, at the same times that the Evra news started to be reported, so did United’s deal for Arturo Vidal. Whilst Ed Woodward doesn’t have the best reputation amongst United fans, it would be nice to think that he wouldn’t negotiate a deal for United without at least trying to make a move for Vidal.
Italian paper Gazzetta dello Sport has reported today that the talks are well underway and that the player’s agent has met with United representatives today. Meanwhile, another Italian paper, Tuttosport, claimed that Vidal would be available €50m, which could include players. Nani is apparently another player they fancy.
To add further fuel to the fire, The Mirror this evening has reported that Juve need to sell one of their star players to balance their books. President Andrea Agnelli is apparently open to cashing in on Vidal or Paul Pogba. The former United midfielder, Pogba, has been linked with a big money move to PSG this week. It’s unlikely that Juve would let both players leave though, so our ability to sign Vidal might depend on how quickly we move.