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Patrice Evra to receive £1.5m Manchester United severance payment

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Patrice Evra will get a golden handshake as he says goodbye to Old Trafford.
Patrice Evra will get a golden handshake as he says goodbye to Old Trafford..

Manchester United will pay Patrice Evra a £1.5 million severance payment once his prospective transfer to Juventus is finalised, as a reward for his service over the past eight years at Old Trafford.

According to the Daily Star on Sunday, the France international will move to Turin in a £4 million deal, with almost 40 per cent of that fee going straight into the player's pocket in the form of a golden-goodbye.

Evra only recently signed a one-year contract extension with the Red Devils, but following the recent arrival of Luke Shaw from Southampton in a £28 million deal the left-back is now set on a move to Serie 'A' to guarantee more regular first-team action.

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The 33-year-old is a popular figure among Manchester United supporters, but new manager Louis van Gaal could not deny the veteran full-back an opportunity to prolong his playing career with a lucrative switch to Italy.

However, his departure will come as a blow to a back line that will already be without the experience of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand next season, after the centre-back pairing left upon the expiry of their respective contracts this summer.

Evra-Vidic reunion?

Evra could come face-to-face with Vidic in Serie 'A' in 2014/15 after the Serbian stopper agreed to sign for Juventus' Italian rivals Inter Milan. Ferdinand meanwhile is still a free agent, but is expected to join new club in England before the start of the new campaign.

The Frenchman's departure will almost certainly force Manchester United back into the transfer market this summer, with a number of players already mooted for a switch to Old Trafford to fill the void left by Evra.

Replacement left-back options

Dutch star Daley Blind - who can operate on the left side of defence and in a more advanced midfield position - has been linked, but it's understood that Van Gaal would favour a move for versatile Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, though the club are yet to meet the Gunners' £12 million valuation.

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