Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has agreed to join Italian giants Juventus via email, according to The Daily Mail.
The report has suggested that the French international, who only signed a new one-year deal with United earlier this summer, sent the email confirming his intentions whist on holiday in Los Angeles.
Despite a number of the Manchester United squad having already returned to pre-season training, Evra is still away from the team following France's World Cup campaign. The full-back played a key role for the French, as the national side exited at the quarter-final stage of the competition.
However, it now appears extremely unlikely that Evra will rejoin his teammates at the The Theatre of Dreams, with a move to Juventus seemingly imminent.
Old Trafford departures
And if Evra's transfer to the Serie A outfit is confirmed, then he will be the fourth defender to leave Old Trafford following the end of the 2013/14 season. United fans have already seen experienced duo Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic depart the club, with the latter having joined Juventus' Italian rivals Inter Milan. Ferdinand, meanwhile, has yet to sign for a new club following his departure from United.
Alex Buttner, who struggled for opportunities under the last regime, left the club earlier this month, as he completed a move to Russian outfit Dynamo Moscow. It remains to be seen, however, as to whether other United players are axed under new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.
With Evra set to follow Ferdinand and Vidic out of the Old Trafford exit, United will have a lack of experience in their back-line ahead of the 2014/15 season. As it stands, the Red Devils will only have the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans competing for places in the centre-half positions next term.
And it appears that United chiefs have only given Evra the green light to leave Old Trafford because of the Luke Shaw deal. The England youngster was signed by United earlier this summer, and looks set to play a key role under Van Gaal in the up coming campaign.
It remains to be seen, however, as to whether the new United chief will bring in any more recruits to compete for places in the club's back-line. The Red Devils could certainly do with some added experience, but youngsters such as Shaw and Co. will be hoping for success in the coming years.
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