Patrice Evra has laughed off speculation that he could depart Manchester United for big-spending Paris Saint-Germain in the January transfer window. The France international left-back has been suggested as the latest target for the Ligue 1 side, with a £5 million bid mooted.
But the 31-year-old has said that he has no interest in leaving Old Trafford before his contract expires in the summer of 2014.
“You are not serious to ask me such a question? I have one year remaining on my contract, I am playing at Manchester United and I am captain,” he told France TV station Canal Plus.
"You would need to kill [Sir Alex] Ferguson before anyone made me go to Paris! There is nothing in it and I am happy at Manchester."
Having joined the club in January of 2006, Evra was long regarded as one of the Premier League’s best in his position, although some of his defensive play has been criticized in recent times. Evra did suggest that a move to PSG may be a possibility in the future.
"It's always a pleasure to be wanted by a club such as Paris Saint-Germain, especially as I am Parisian,” he added. “I have never hidden my love of Paris, even though Monaco is still 'my' team.”
"It has always pained me to see the club not win the title or qualify for the Champions League."
PSG are also involved in the latest speculation over long-time reported Manchester United target Wesley Sneijder. The Dutch attacking midfielder looks likely to leave Inter Milan in January after being frozen out of the first team for, allegedly, refusing to agree to a cut in his wages.
Having been close to signing Sneijder in the summer of 2011, United have been listed as a possible destination, although PSG could now be primed to sign the 28-year-old, according to Metro.
PSG sporting director Leonardo managed Sneijder during a brief spell in charge of Inter and has reportedly been in regular contact with the player.
Manchester United could also be set to miss out on another potential target, with Sky Sports reporting that defender Neven Subotic set to sign a new deal with Borussia Dortmund. The current Serbia international and former United States youth international has repeatedly been linked with a move to Old Trafford over the years. There had even been talk of United, as well as rivals Chelsea, making a move in January.
However, Dortmund look set to secure the 23-year-old by offering a two-year extension to his current deal, which is set to expire in the summer of 2014.
Finally, Portuguese publication A Bola has reported that Manchester United are interested in Benfica forward Ola John.
The 20-year-old was reportedly watched by United scout Martin Ferguson during Benfica’s Champions League game with Barcelona.
John, a Netherlands Under-21 international, arrived from FC Twente in the summer for a reported fee of €9 million (£7.3m). Deployed on both flanks this season, John has scored once and contributed one assist in nine appearances.
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