Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Barcelona, Juventus Make Patrice Ever Their Recent Target

Spanish club Barcelona and Italian club Juventus have now set their sight on Manchester United left back Patrice Evra. Barcelona wants to strengthen its left side of the defense where Eric Abidal and Maxwell were not impressive last season.

Manchester United got the best out of Evra last season as the France international played 60 matches during the exhausting last season. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was full of praise about the 29-year-old after the end of the season citing that he was the best left back in English Premier League.

Real Madrid was also a suitor of Evra in the past, but the Spanish giants are now trying to secure the service of Chelsea man Ashley Cole as their new manager Jose Mourinho is keen to get his former Chelsea student back at Madrid.

Though Juventus is trying to keep Uruguayan defender Martin Caceres for another season on loan from Barcelona, the Serie A club is reportedly interested to sign Evra in what would give them a permanent solution to their left back problem.

Reports available in the media suggest that Patrice Evra is also looking to move to another big club this summer. The France captain has had a disastrous World Cup campaign in South Africa and is now facing disciplinary action from his country’s football federation for leading a revolt in the France protesting the disciplinary action taken against Anelka for his foulmouthed rant at team coach.

Following the World Cup incident, Ferguson criticized Evra. There is a possibility the defender has been disappointed for being criticized by his club manager and it could be a reason behind his reported intention of leaving Old Trafford.

Though Barcelona is seeking £125 million bank loan, the Catalan side is going to spend £80 million this summer. A big part of their budget could be spent on signing Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal. So, there is every possibility Manchester United could receive an offer from Barcelona, while Juventus could make the Barcelona task tougher.

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