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Jonny Evans faces uncertain Manchester United future

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Manchester United will only sell defender Jonny Evans if another player in the position arrives at the club this summer.

The Northern Irish international centre back has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford after more than a decade with the club. He made his debut under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2007, but has never been first choice for an elongated period for the Red Devils.

£10m price-tag

He has been an admirable back-up however, and The Daily Mail reports that manager Louis van Gaal will not be selling the 27-year-old unless a signing is made beforehand.

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The paper goes on to claim that Manchester United have put a £10million price-tag on the player - a figure that took West Bromwich Albion by surprise. The Baggies remain linked with Evans though, as do Everton.

For a move to happen, one of the Red Devils' defender targets will need to complete a move during the transfer window, but it looks unlikely to be Nicolas Otamendi. The Mail claims Van Gaal is unlikely to pursue the £36million-rated Valencia star.

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Ramos breakthrough?

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward does remain hopeful of a breakthrough in talks to bring Sergio Ramos to the club though, and the Spaniard's arrival could trigger the exit of Evans.

He might not be the only defender leaving the club before deadline day either, with young left-back Reece James wanted by Championship outfits Nottingham Forest and Fulham.

The 21-year-old has already gained some senior experience on loan at Huddersfield Town and Rotherham, and that could follow with another loan spell at the City Ground. However, the Cottagers are open to securing the player's services on a permanent deal.

LVG decisions

Young players have been given chances at Manchester United in recent seasons following Ryan Giggs' involvement at management level, but with an influx of signings under Van Gaal it's unlikely that James is going to get an opportunity anytime soon.

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