Patrice Evra has warned agents that they will never be able to take advantage of Manchester United in the transfer market.
The Red Devils have paid huge sums for the likes of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku in recent years, while they completed the signing of Harry Maguire on Monday for £80m, a world-record fee for a defender.
Evra’s warning: Five key things to know…
- Man Utd have spent £145m this summer on Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James.
- The club have also parted with huge sums for the likes of Pogba, Lukaku and Fred in recent years.
- Many have criticised United for having a lack of transfer strategy and over-spending.
- But Evra has defended the club, warning agents they won’t be exploited in the market.
- United are without a Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013.
Some have criticised the fees paid for the aforementioned players but Evra, who played 379 times for United during his playing days, has insisted the 20-time English champions only sign players who “respect the badge” and are in search of silverware.
“For all the football agents around the world, Manchester United will never be your bank account,” he said in an Instagram post. “You come here because you respect the badge and die winning trophies.”
Some fans linked Evra’s post to the current situation regarding Paulo Dybala, with it looking increasingly unlikely that the Juventus star will make a move to Old Trafford.
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But Evra, who recently retired from playing aged 38, was quick to shut down talk of Dybala’s name, replying: “Don’t talk about Paulo Dybala please! You don’t know anything…”
Manchester United’s main aim this season is to improve on a drab sixth-place finish last season and break back into the Premier League’s top four.
Alongside Maguire, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also added right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Welsh winger Daniel James to his playing squad.
United begin their 2019/20 campaign with a home clash against Chelsea on Sunday.