As the eyes of the country turn on Radamel Falcao and attempt to predict the Colombian’s next move, few will cast a glance in the direction of Jonny Evans.
Once billed as a future Manchester United captain by Sir Alex Ferguson, the Northern Irishman is now set to spearhead a mass exodus of casualties in the summer.
Arsenal were touted as a possible destination last month, but the waning nature of his displays in recent years mean a stay at the top is unlikely.
Like some of the supposed deadwood Ferguson integrated into the side during his later years, Evans will leave Old Trafford with plenty of winners medals in his possession.
Since making his debut in September 2007 he has won three Premier League titles, two Football League cups and three Community Shields, as well as winning the Club World Cup in 2008.
At times he proved a reliable deputy to the unmoveable duo of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, but his form has been on a downward spiral ever since the retirement of Ferguson over two years ago.
When Louis van Gaal replaced David Moyes last summer, he immediately swooped for centre-back Marcos Rojo with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones placed above him in the pecking order.
With the fans dreaming of Mats Hummels or Raphael Varane, Evans staying put was met with widespread annoyance by supporters eager for the club to sufficiently replace Vidic and Ferdinand.
He was banned for six games for spitting at Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse during United’s 1-0 win at St James’ Park in March, and the rejuvenation of Smalling coupled with injuries have kept him out of the side ever since.
On his way
Despite Borussia Dortmund insisting he will stay at the Signal Induna Park, Hummels is Van Gaal’s number one defensive target and may opt to depart now manager Jurgen Klopp has moved on.
However even if they miss out on the German centre-back they do have alternatives in mind, with Valencia’s Nicolas Otamendi reportedly on the cusp of a move to Old Trafford.
Evans is one of the few champions left in the squad, but Everton could now swoop to help him salvage a career that will be remembered on Mancunian shores for all the wrong reasons.
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