Reports from Italy in Gazetta Dello Sport suggest that Manchester United and Juventus are in advanced talks to take the Frenchman to Turin, and there is speculation that this may trigger a major deal to bring Arturo Vidal to Old Trafford.

It may seem strange that Evra, having only recently signed a three year deal at United, would wish to leave the club. Nevertheless, it also seemed unusual that the Reds would offer a three year deal to a 33 year old, as it has almost become a point of principle amongst the hierarchy at United, that only one year contracts are offered to players over 30.

Also, it seems unlikely the highly competitive Evra would be willing to 'warm the bench' following the arrival of Luke Shaw. What the three year deal does, however, is give United greater bargaining power in negotiations with another club.

This presents the intriguing prospect of the Frenchman, who has been in good form during the World cup, being used as a bargaining chip in any deal for Vidal.

A further dimension in any deal might also concern the future of Luis Nani, who has been of considerable interest to Antonio Conte, the Juventus manager, for some time.

It is unclear whether Nani, who signed a five year deal this year, figures in Louis van Gaal's plans or is expendable. Again, the suspicion is that such a long deal for a badly under-performing player was a way of extracting a greater transfer fee in any future deal.

It is also difficult to imagine that discussions between the two clubs concerning Evra will not include some mention of Vidal and a possible transfer. United certainly have some cards to play in their pursuit of the brilliant Chilean and it would be a surprise if they failed to use them. Interestingly, Skybet have reduced the odds of Vidal joining United to 11/8.

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