Evra and out

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Patrice Evra jump v Norwich PA PhotosPatrice Evra could leave Manchester United if Leighton Baines joins the club

Patrice Evra has no plans to fight for his place in the Manchester United line-up next season and has already set his sights on leaving Old Trafford upon hearing of the club's interest in Leighton Baines, the Sun reports. Although United had an offer for the Everton left-back rejected, Evra is keen to move on in search of regular football. The Frenchman's former club Monaco are reportedly favourites to sign him on a £6 million deal, although he is only likely to pursue an exit if Baines completes a switch from Goodison Park.

That may not be the end of United's departures, with captain Nemanja Vidic emerging as an unlikely target for AC Milan. According to the Mirror, Milan could make a shock play for the Serbia international in a move they believe could be realistic if United sign Benfica's Ezequiel Garay. United would request a significant transfer fee for their under-contract skipper.

On the other side of town, Manchester City have continued their pursuit of Real Madrid defender Pepe, with Manuel Pellegrini eager to be reunited with the player he managed at the Bernabeu. The Mirror claims Pepe is atop the list as City look to bolster their defensive ranks, despite Madrid president Florentino Perez previously claiming that the controversial Brazilian is not for sale this summer. It is believed Pepe is worth around £20 million and City are apparently prepared to meet Real's demands.

Tottenham have joined the chase to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and could beat Liverpool to the in-demand player, the Daily Mail says. Liverpool were reportedly ready to pay £20 million for Mkhitaryan, but Spurs chiefs have held talks with the Armenia international's representatives. Although Tottenham are also chasing Corinthians midfielder Paulinho, the club are prepared to also make Mkhitaryan part of their plans for next season and will be provided the cash to do so.

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