Patrice Evra has reached an agreement in principle to join Juventus this summer, according to the usually reliable Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
With a contract agreed, the decision is now with Manchester United and Louis van Gaal as to whether Evra will be allowed to leave.
Although the 33-year-old signed a one-year extension, it doesn’t rule out a departure and his exit would certainly give more legs to United’s reported move for Thomas Vermaelen who is comfortable at both left-back and centre-back.
That being said, no United fan will want to see Evra leave for the sake of it. Luke Shaw‘s arrival means we have a new first-choice left-back but there would be no better mentor for the 18-year-old than Evra, a player who truly understands what it means to be a United player.
However, if Evra’s departure to Juventus helped United in any way with regards to negotiations for Arturo Vidal, it may be a different story altogether but with Van Gaal still tied up with Holland at the World Cup, there is unlikely to be any confirmation either way just yet.
Update: Mike Keegan, formerly from the Manchester Evening News, has reported that there has currently been no contact with Manchester United over a move for Evra.
#mufc have had no contact from Juventus regarding Patrice Evra.
— Mike Keegan (@MikeKeegan_DM) July 2, 2014