The saga regarding the future of Manchester United legend Patrice Evra took a further twist last night, as Sky Italia reported the Frenchman is edging closer to a move to Crystal Palace.
Linked with an exit from Juventus throughout the entirety of the January transfer window, Patrice Evra has been absent from the Turin giants’ fixtures in recent weeks as he contemplates his future. Now, it seems he is indeed returning to the Premier League.
Evra, who’s contract with the Serie A champions is due to expire at the end of the season, could join Crystal Palace before the close of the week and he’d significantly bolster the struggling side that Sam Allardyce inherited from Alan Pardew.
Juventus themselves are pushing Evra for an exit as they’re waiting for his exit before launching a move for his replacement, as they eye Schalke’s Sead Kolasinac- who has been linked with Arsenal this week.
The signs suggest yes. It’s clear Crystal Palace desperately need to bolster their defensive ranks in the wide areas and Evra would bring a wealth of experience to the position, whilst he has a vast knowledge of the Premier League following years of success with Manchester United.
Despite his age, Evra is still capable of doing a job and he’s unlikely to cost a massive fee. Whilst Palace have been linked to the likes of Sunderland’s Patrick Van Aanholt, it’s pretty obvious that Evra is a much better target.
On top of that, Palace are also said to be close to signing Carl Jenkinson from Arsenal and Evra would be the perfect role model for an England international who has fallen down in favour during recent seasons.