By Paul Clennam & Romeo Agresti
Juventus will launch their attempt to sign Manchester United outcast Patrice Evra with the offer of a two-year contract, Goal understands.
Evra, 33, is out of contract this summer and although his current deal includes an option to extend his Old Trafford career by another season the club have given no indication they are keen to activate that clause, while the player himself is keen to seek a fresh challenge.
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Uncertainty still surrounds the future of Juve coach Antonio Conte, who has yet to commit to the club as he seeks assurances over big-name purchases this summer, but the signing of a new left-back is a priority and the club also maintain an interest in Manchester City left-back Aleksandar Kolarov.
The Serbia international’s representatives met with key Juventus figures last week but the Serie A giants made it clear they were unwilling to match the 28-year-old’s £4.6 million-a-year salary.
Evra, meanwhile, remains a target of Juve’s Seria rivals Inter, who have already secured the services of the Frenchman’s now former Manchester United team-mate Nemanja Vidic.
Evra joined Manchester United in 2006 and has enjoyed a highly-successful spell in England, winning five Premier League titles and a Champions League but is unlikely to figure in the plans of incoming new manager Louis van Gaal.
The Dutchman is looking to bring in as many as five new players using the £150 million warchest he will have at his disposal and has encouraged the club to plough ahead with plans to sign Southampton left-back Luke Shaw who has been earmarked as Evra’s long-term successor at Old Trafford.
United have already launched a £27 million bid for the 18-year-old England international and are prepared to make him among the highest paid teenagers in world football with a deal worth £110,000 a week.