Would Old Trafford veteran consider a move to Anfield…?
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Liverpool want to take advantage of the fact Patrice Evra’s contract at Manchester United runs out this summer. The move would be especially controversial, due to Evra’s well publicised spat with Luis Suarez, who was banned for racially abusing the Frenchman in 2011.
CaughtOffside understands that Brendan Rodgers’ is keen on bringing in the veteran Frenchman, who has starred at Old Trafford since joining from AS Monaco in 2006.
Despite being 32-years-old, Evra has been a fixture on the left of United’s back four this season, and has been one of the side’s better performers in what’s been a fairly miserable season, in the Premier League especially. Due to his age and his contract situation however, it’s widely expected that he’ll be one of many players to leave Old Trafford in the summer, with David Moyes ready to spend his monstrous transfer budget to propel his squad back into title contention.
Teenage prodigy Luke Shaw has been heavily linked, and his arrival would almost certainly spell the end for Evra, who has no plans on signing an extension with the club.
As a result, he’s be available on a free transfer, and Liverpool are monitoring the situation closely. Brendan Rodgers loves the fact he could bring in an experienced, Premier League proven star to fill his problem position on a free transfer.
This term, due to Jose Enrique’s perpetual injury woes and the technical deficiencies of loanee Aly Cissokho, Liverpool have had to deploy natural right-back Jon Flanagan in the position. With Champions League football imminent next season though, the Reds desperately need to strengthen the spot. They could target one of either Evra, or Chelsea’s similarly out of contract Ashley Cole, who has been more heavily linked.
Whether Evra will be willing to permanently taint his relationship with the United faithful by joining their bitter rivals is another matter, although the lure of joining a Champions League club, and the potential Premier League champions could prove too much.