Man Utd captain Evra linked with Monaco return

Monaco could continue their big-spending summer by tempting Manchester United captain Patrice Evra into leaving the Premier League for a return to his former club, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Evra joined United from the principality in a £5.5m transfer in January 2006 but now into his early 30s, with two years remaining on his United contract and his wife said to be keen to return across the English Channel, the left-back is considering a return to Monaco.

The 32-year-old may no longer be guaranteed a place at Old Trafford under new boss David Moyes, with Moyes eager to bring Leighton Baines with him from Everton and Fabio Da Silva returning from his loan spell at Queens Park Rangers. Alexander Buttner is also part of the United squad inherited by Moyes from Sir Alex Ferguson.

Monaco are said to be willing to spend £10m on repatriating Evra and the money would be used by United to part fund a move for Baines. If Monaco’s offer is accepted and the deal goes through, Evra will join former Chelsea and Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho, ex-Porto pair James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho, who moved in a £60m transfer, and Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao, who was bought for £50m.

Evra has made more than 300 United appearances in his seven-and-a-half years at the club, scoring seven goals, and has won the Premier League title five times, along with one Champions League trophy, in 2008.

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