Patrice Evra set to join Juventus

by Alan Finnerty on May.15.2014
  1. Manchester United's veteran full back, Patrice Evra looks set to join Italian champions Juventus according to French newspaper Le 10 Sport. With the likely arrival to Old Trafford of highly rated English star Luke Shaw, Evra's departure is imminent. 

    His current deal includes an option to extend his Old Trafford career by another season but the club have given no indication they are keen to activate that clause. The Frenchman and United failed to agree an extension on his current £90,000-a-week wage and Evra is believed to be keen to move to mainland Europe.

    Evra joined Manchester United in 2006 and has enjoyed a highly-successful spell in England, winning five Premier League titles and a Champions League but is unlikely to figure in the plans of speculated incoming new manager Louis van Gaal.

    Inter Milan have already secured the services of Evra's United teammate Nemanja Vidic and are also interested in bringing Evra to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Inter may be in a better position to offer higher wages but Juventus clearly represent a better chance pick up more silverware before he retires. 

    Juventus clinched yet another Scudetto and will enter the Champions League Group Stage while Inter must make do with a place in the Europa League. Juve coach Antonio Conte, who has yet to commit to the club as he seeks assurances over big-name purchases this summer, but the signing of a new left-back is a priority.

    Despite having an unimpressive season with David Moyes' Manchester United, Evra was included in Didier Deschamp's French squad for the World Cup ahead of Gael Clichy and Eric Abidal. France will play Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras in Group E. They will gear up for the World Cup with friendlies against Norway (27 May), Paraguay (1 June) and Jamaica (8 June).

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