Evra returns to France
Les Bleus veteran Patrice Evra has played for some of the world's biggest clubs - Manchester United and Juventus among them - but he has opted to return to France after 11 years, signing an 18-month deal with Marseille.
Olympique de Marseille's 'OM Champions' project - the name given to new owner Frank McCourt's ambition of returning the southern giants to their former glory - took a huge boost on Thursday as the club announced the signature of storied left-back Patrice Evra on an 18-month deal.
Despite the 36-year-old's considerable salary requirements, the club did not hesitate to sign him from Juventus, where he had plied his trade for a successful two-and-a-half seasons after his long and memorable spell with Manchester United in the EPL, which began when he left Monaco in 2006.
He had made only 12 appearances for the Turin side in 2016-17, but the club - McCourt, president Jacques-Henri Eyraud, sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta and coach Rudi Garcia - were keen to bring the quality and experience of the France international (81 caps) and five-time Champions League finalist (one title) to bear as they build a quality side to rival the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco, Nice and Lyon.
Evra is the club's second signing of the winter transfer window after the arrival of highly rated young midfielder Morgan Sanson from Montpellier on a long-term deal.