Patrice Evra is set to undergo talks with Marseille. The former Manchester United player has been linked with a return to the Premier League in recent weeks.
According to Sky Sports, the Frenchman will open negotiations to move back to his native county with the Ligue 1 giants. Evra has also been linked with fellow French side Lyon but Rudi Garcia’s men look to lead the queue for his signature. He has previously played for AS Monaco prior to joining Manchester United.
Evra has also reportedly attracted interest from England, with Crystal Palace among those linked with the veteran defender. However, following the signing of Jeffrey Schlupp from champions Leicester, interest cooled with the left-back position covered. In recent times, Brazilian Alex Sandro has overtaken Evra as left-back at Juventus.
The PSG youth player has been with Juve since 2014 after joining from Manchester United, where he was first choice left-back for over eight seasons. During his time in Turin, the defender won two Serie A titles, two Coppa Italias and the Italian Supercup. He was also part of the side that made it to the final of the Champions League in 2015, where they lost 3-1 to Barcelona.
Last summer, at the age of 35, the former Nice man represented his country on home turf at Euro 2016, where the French ended the competition as runners up. Evra has 81 caps for his country and is still a member of Les Bleus.
He may now be coming to the end of his career, and despite rumours of a return to England’s top flight it looks like he will see out his career in his native France while trying to maintain his place in the French set-up.
Marseille are hoping to tie up an 18-month deal that will see Evra surpass his 37th birthday.
Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena