Manchester United are on the verge of selling Jonny Evans to Everton in a deal that could eventually rise to £8million, reports The Guardian
The 27-year-old has been with the club's first-team for nine-years after being blooded through the youth system by Sir Alex Ferguson.
He was one of many forced to fight for their future when Louis van Gaal arrived last summer and several impressive performances earned him his place in the Dutchman's plans.
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However, injury problems, several bad performances and an unsavoury exchange of saliva throwing with Newcastle United star Papiss Cisse saw the Northern Irishman fall out of favour.
Evans was banned for six games after that incident and failed to feature for the club again. It now looks to be his final action as a Manchester United player.
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Manchester United were demanding £10m for Evans, but were forced to lower that asking price due to the fact that he has just 12 months to run on his current deal. Everton had tried to lower it to £6m before both parties agreed to meet in the middle.
It is a good price for a man supposedly entering his prime years as a footballer and will arrive at Goodison Park with a wealth of trophies to his name.
Evans won three Premier League titles and a League Cup during his time with the Red Devils and also contributed to the Fifa World Club Cup win in 2008.
Ferguson era is over
Evans was fast-tracked through the system by Ferguson, who always retained faith in Evans, but he will become the latest of many stars to arrive in his era to leave this summer.
Danny Welbeck was sold to Arsenal last summer while Tom Cleverley made the move to Everton earlier this summer. Rafael da Silva is also expected to leave with a move to Serie A looking most likely.
Not only youth products, but some of his biggest signings, like Nani and Robin van Persie, have also left this summer.
Evans' departure will leave Van Gaal with a lack of options at centre-back and there is no clear replacement arriving in the transfer market as of yet.
A deal for Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos still seems like pie in the sky for Van Gaal while there has been little movement with regards to Valencia's Nicolas Otamendi.
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