Patrice Evra will leave Manchester United this week for a fee believed to be between £1.2m and £2m, after Manchester United announced they will not stand in the Frenchman’s way and won’t try to block his move to Juventus.
Evra had recently signed a 12-month extension but his wife’s desire to leave Manchester coupled with Juventus’ offer of two-year deal worth £55,000-a-season look to have convinced the 33-year-old that it’s time to bring the curtain down on his United career after a eight and half stint at Old Trafford.
Manchester United are considering whether to hijack Valencia’s deal for Argentina midfielder Enzo Perez, with reports suggesting the Benfica man is again on United’s radar, which could scupper Valencia’s plans of securing the 28-year-old.
Perez, who replaced Angel Di Maria during Argentina’s 1-0 win in the quarter finals against Belgium, impressed for Benfica last season, as the Lisbon club clinched their 33rd league title and lost the Europa League final on penalties against Sevilla but, according to reports in the Portuguese press, he’s looking for a move away this summer, despite having recently penned a new four-year deal.
The American company have supplied the Old Trafford club since 2002 when they replaced Umbro in a lucrative deal which has cost Nike around £24million a season.
Although some reports at the weekend suggested a new record-breaking deal was set to be concluded, Nike revealed on Tuesday that they had opted to walk away from negotiations, claiming United were demanding too much money.
Manchester United look set to miss out on Atletico Madrid defender Miranda, who’s expected to put an end to speculations linking with a move away from the Vicente Calderon and remain with the Spanish champions next season.
The 29-year-old centre-back had emerged as a potential replacement for Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, with some reports that emerged a few weeks ago going as far as suggesting that United had agreed to trigger the Brazilian’s release clause in order to secure the defender’s services.
Paul Scholes has described new Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal as a man possessing “the Midas touch”, but admitted the Dutchman will have to perform at his best if he is to bring United back to the Premier League’s summit.
In his latest blog for bookmaker Paddy Power, Scholes pointed at Van Gaal’s influence in guiding a good, but by no means vintage, Holland team to the semifinal and claimed fans and players alike will be excited by the prospect of the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern manager taking charge at Old Trafford.
As the cliche goes, what a difference a year makes. 12 months ago David Moyes’ tenure at Manchester United was in its infancy and while the host of names linked with a move to Old Trafford had started to sound a little odd, not even the most pessimistic of us could have foreseen the shambles that unfolded between July and September, let alone the farce that followed until April.
Or, perhaps, some could and indeed had predicted the ordeal the club would face last season, which would explain the sense of excitement that has surrounded United since Louis Van Gaal was appointed as United manager just before the World Cup kicked off in Brazil.
Manchester United are lining up Wolfsburg’s left-back Ricardo Rodriguez as a potential replacement for Patrice Evra, who looks increasingly likely to leave Old Trafford this summer, despite having signed a 12-month extension in May.
With Juventus looking to secure Evra’s services in the next couple of weeks and with Alex Buttner gone to Dynamo Moscow, Luke Shaw could find himself as the only left-back in the squad come the start of the season and while the England international is a great prospect, Louis Van Gaal is thought to be keen to bring in another left-back to provide competition for the former Southampton man.
Manchester United have revealed the new kit for the upcoming 2014-15 season and, sadly, it looks as tacky as we all expected after watching the trailer United released just over a week ago.
An enormous golden “Chevrolet” logo has replaced the “AON” brand that had characterised United’s shirts over the last three seasons, while the white collar returns after a two-season long absence and a label inside the collar carries the words “Youth, Courage, Greatness” which isn’t every United missed under David Moyes but, according to United’s official website, the pillars upon which the club is built.