United target £20m Samba star as Patrice Evra replacement

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Manchester United are reportedly considering a move for Michel Bastos.

The Brazilian defender reportedly tops the Old Trafford wish list as the club prepare for life without Patrice Evra, and a Manchester United source has told that Daily Mirror that a move could take place for the Frenchman in the summer.

“Patrice originally wanted to leave in January but now he is happy to sign a new contract and leave at the end of the season,” said the source.

“He is concerned about where the club are heading and is attracted by the possibility of playing for Real, a club he really admires. Like any player, he wants what is best for himself and his family and sees Real Madrid as the perfect move.”

Bastos is valued in the region of £20 million by Ligue 1 side Lyon, although it's unclear if the French club would be willing to let the player leave.


Manchester United would look to act immediately should Evra make the anticipated exit in the summer, and Bastos' international credentials make him an ideal target for the Red Devils.

The former Feyenoord defender broke into the Brazil national squad last year, and the attack-minded full back has since earned ten caps for his country. He represented his country throughout the World Cup in South Africa.

AC Milan are reportedly willing to challenge Manchester United for the player's signature, and the pair could go head-to-head when the transfer window re-opens at the end of the season.

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