After Rio Ferdinand’s comments on social media earlier this month sparked rumours that Patrice Evra was set to make a shock return to Old Trafford, it seems another Premier League are set to beat them to it.
Despite the 35-year-olds’ emotional attachment to Manchester United, Sky Sports have reported today that the Juventus left-back could in fact be in line for a return to the Premier League by joining up with Sam Allardyce at Crystal Palace.
Contact has reportedly been made between both Palace and Juventus, and talks are said to have been ‘fruitful’ between the sides ahead of Evra’s proposed move to Selhurst Park.
Evra has allegedly already agreed to a move back to England, and if confirmed it would see the Frenchman return for the first time since his £5.5 million move to Italy two and a half years ago.
What would Evra bring to Selhurst Park?
If there’s a man that knows a bit about the Premier League, that man is certainly Patrice Evra.
273 appearances over a nine-year period under Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford saw Evra go down in Manchester United history as one of the sides best ever left-backs, and during his time there the only piece of silverware he didn’t manage to get his hands on was the League Cup.
He may not have the pace that he once had at Old Trafford, but his footballing brain and his knowledge of the Premier League will still be second-to-none and will prove a vital asset as Palace look to steer themselves clear of any relegation trouble.
After making 52 appearances for Juventus since 2014, Evra has been playing regular first-team football at a high-standard, so it’s unlikely that he’s lost any of his sharpness and any of his fitness during his time away from the Premier League.
His ability to join in an attack down the left-hand side could cause huge problems for Palace’s opponents – just look at the joy that an over-lapping Danny Rose has had all season at Tottenham, and it’s easy to see the impact that Evra could bring.
Is a move to Crystal Palace likely?
Sam Allardyce has already expressed his concerns over Palace’s defence since his arrival at Selhurst Park last month, and has prioritised his back-line as an area that needs strengthening over the course of the January transfer window.
Evra fits the Allardyce mould perfectly, able to brings bags of Premier League experience to the side and able to settle down into the role quickly as the season enters its second-half.
The 35-year-old never hides the fact that he loves England’s top division, and that his time spent at Old Trafford were the best years of his career; and with Evra reportedly already agreeing to a move, it seems like he’ll be back playing in the Premier League before the month is over.
9/10 – With talks between Crystal Palace and Juventus moving quickly, and Sam Allardyce looking to re-shuffle his squad around as he looks to avoid the drop, it seems that a deal for Evra won’t take long to be announced officially.
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