Tuesday 21 October 2014

Evra departure to Inter paves the way for £27m move for Shaw

Left back Patrice Evra is out of contract in the summer and is likely to play his last game for United at Southampton with Inter Milan ready to offer him a deal.

JASON BURT

Published 11/05/2014 | 11:44

Patrice Evra could be set to link up with Nemanja Vidic at Inter Milan.
Patrice Evra could be set to link up with Nemanja Vidic at Inter Milan.

Patrice Evra is expected to play his last game for Manchester United and join his departing team-mate Nemanja Vidic at Inter Milan.

It is understood that a deal for the 32-year-old left back, who is out of contract this summer, has been finalised with the Italian club.

United could have taken up an option to re-sign Evra – and he could have also triggered a new deal after making a certain number of appearances – but the French international is believed to have decided it is time to go.

United face Southampton at St Mary's with a £27m bid then expected to be lodged for 18-year-old left back Luke Shaw as Evra's replacement. United are confident that they will beat off interest from Chelsea, who are now pursuing Atlético Madrid's Filipe Luis, to sign Shaw.

The England international could be the first arrival under new manager Louis van Gaal, whose move to United is due to be confirmed this week following the end of the Premier League season.

A role in Van Gaal's backroom staff is due to be offered to Ryan Giggs, United's interim manager, although he is insisting that it has to be a meaningful position. Giggs is otherwise prepared to pursue a management career elsewhere.

The 40-year-old has also implored Van Gaal and United not to dispense with the services of the Class of '92 which also includes Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt who have been assisting Giggs. It is understood that while United would like Van Gaal to employ a former player in his backroom staff they are not insisting on who it will be.

Giggs said: "It is a decision for the new manager and something he definitely has to consider. I would say there are more plus points than minus points with what the lads bring. They know the culture and the history and the way the club is run. It can definitely be a plus. Ultimately, it is down to the new manager."

Giggs, who will be 41 in November, has had no indication whether there will be a part for him to play next season, whether on or off the pitch, and he insists that he is in no hurry to decide his future. But as well as overseeing the team's performances, he has been involved in the preparations for next season by Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman.

Asked about pending transfers in and out, Giggs said: "Ed has asked at different times ‘what do you think about this' or ‘what do you think about that'. That is part of my job as I see them day-in day-out."

Having been at Old Trafford since 1987, he is clear that his future might be elsewhere in a managerial role. "It would be strange, but I've got a little taste of it and the last couple of weeks is a pretty good apprenticeship. I'm at a stage where it's an option. I'm open to so many things but I've got to seriously think about it and that's what I'll do; whether to still play, whether to stay here, whether to go somewhere else, whether to chill out for a year and take a step back as I've been in football since I left school."

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