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Negotiations started – Manchester United close to buying €5-€8m defender

As per Todofichajes, Manchester United are very close to signing Jonny Evans in January.

The report adds that negotiations have started between United and Leicester City. There is an agreement in principal for him to return to his former club. United will have to pay a transfer fee of around €5m and €8m to attain his services.

Since joining Leicester, Evans has established himself as a decent defender. He’s usually quiet and underrated by the media but remains a calming presence in Foxes’ backline.

Evans’ contract expires in less than seven months. He previously admitted that he’d be happy to sign an extension but nothing has been agreed upon so far.

Our take

Signing Evans gives us mixed signals about United’s transfer plans. Evans do not fit the criteria of players United has been signing in the transfer market.

However, United need centre-backs right now. They are linked with Ben White, Pau Torres, and Dayot Upamecano but we expect these deals to go through in the summer.

If Phil Jones departs, signing a defender should be a top priority. Evans is a decent short-term option and could provide the much-needed depth. But, United’s main focus should be signing a long-term option.

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