Updates from Monday, July 21
Patrice Evra has signed a two-year deal with Juventus, according to the club's official website:
Juventus Football Club can today announce that Patrice Evra has signed a two-year contract with the club after a fee of £1.2 million, to be paid in two separate installments, was agreed with Manchester United.
A further payment of £0.3 million will be made to Manchester United in the event of Juventus qualifying for the 2015/16 Champions League.
Manchester United confirmed the move on Twitter:
Updates from Friday, July 11
Patrice Evra will complete his switch to Juventus from Manchester United on Friday, according to well-respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
The latest report, written in the final hours of Thursday, reads:
Patrice Evra strongly wanted to join Juventus and tomorrow he’ll get his wish. The French defender stated to the bianconeri this evening he’ll join them, after turning down Manchester United’s two year deal.
[...]Tomorrow Juventus will complete the deal with Manchester United for 2 million euro. Evra is ready to join Juventus.
Updates from Thursday, July 10
Patrice Evra has requested permission to leave Manchester United for Juventus this summer, according to BBC Sport:
Patrice Evra has left #mufc to join Juventus. Everyone at the club would like to thank him for his many years of excellent service.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 21, 2014
Manchester United would be unlikely to stand in Patrice Evra's way if the left-back decides he wants to join Juventus, sources have told ESPN FC.
His family are believed to be unhappy in Manchester, leading United to conclude that they would let him leave if that problem became insurmountable.
Evra's potential replacement has already been named as United look to provide genuine competition to Luke Shaw at left-back.
James Ducker of The Times reports:
Manchester United are considering Ricardo Rodríguez, the Wolfsburg and Switzerland left back, as a replacement for Patrice Evra, with the Frenchman on the verge of joining Juventus.
Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is reportedly the subject of interest from Serie A champions Juventus.
Despite the French left-back having recently signed a one-year extension to his contract at Old Trafford, Simon Stone of BBC Sport is reporting the Turin outfit's enquiries:
The Italian club contacted Old Trafford officials - although no formal bid for the 33-year-old has yet been made.
United recently triggered a clause in the France international's contract that saw him sign a one-year deal.
Southampton's Luke Shaw recently made a £30 million switch from St Mary's to United and will pose a serious threat to Evra's first-choice credentials in Manchester.
However, at 33 years old, Evra still has much to offer new Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal and takes the pressure off new man Shaw as an alternative as well as being a potential mentor for the youngster.
The 18-year-old expressed his wish to learn from players at United on signing for the club, as per Sky Sports:
I want to continue to progress my career and joining United is the ideal place for me to do that. I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life and also looking forward to learning from the world-class players and management at the club.
As ESPN's Alex Shaw points out, there would seem to be little point in letting Evra go, as a new back-up left-back would then need to be found, especially after the departure of Alex Buttner:
Simon Jones of the Daily Mail reports that Juve are prepared to offer £2 million for the Frenchman and will attempt to tempt Evra with "a two-year deal worth £55,000-a-week after tax."
Evra was most recently playing as part of the French national team at the World Cup in Brazil before Les Bleus lost to Germany in the quarter-finals.
Not sure I see the wisdom in Evra leaving. Didn't need to buy a LB this summer after Shaw. Now need to.— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) July 9, 2014
He arrived at Old Trafford in 2006 for £5.5 million, as per BBC Sport, and made 33 league appearances last season as United finished seventh in the English top flight under former manager David Moyes.
He has more than paid back his transfer fee in the eight years he has been at United, during which time the club have won five Premier League titles and a Champions League.
While Red Devils fans would no doubt be sad to see him go, Shaw seems his natural replacement, and if reports are to be believed, Juventus are prepared to offer a better deal.
However, Van Gaal will likely be loathe to offload a player of such vast experience who still has much to offer, both on the pitch and as a mentor to Shaw.