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Barcelona are planning an audacious move for Manchester United defender Jonny Evans.
The La Liga club sounded out a move for Nemanja Vidic earlier this summer but were given short shrift by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Now Barcelona are set to turn their attentions to Northern Ireland centre-back Evans, who enjoyed a prolonged spell in the United first team last season.
Evans, 21, proved a capable deputy when Rio Ferdinand and Vidic were injured.
Now Catalan giants Barcelona are plotting a £12million raid for the United star.
Gerard Pique left United in 2008 to move to the Nou Camp and he has thrived in Spain since - winning the Champions League final against United last season.
But they face a fight to lure Evans away from Old Trafford - his contract expires in 2011.
Ferguson has told the youngster he can expect more first team action if he stays with the club.
Interesting although theres no way Fergies gonna let this gem go for 12 million. Although makes me feel pleased his contributions are not going unnoticed around the football world.
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It looks like it is Evans trying to get a new improved contract from United. He probably wants (quite reasonably) wage parity with the likes of O'Shea and Brown.
Given that United effectively have an overall wage ceiling (50% of turnover), some players are going to inevitably feel that they are seriously underpaid compared to the likes of Ferdinand or Rooney, so we will probably get a lot of this type of story, as we have had with Evra and Vidic, who also belief that they are due improved contracts.
I expect theres a strong Possibility that Pique gave Barca chiefs his verdict on Evans and i can imagine it would of been extremely complimentary.
Very flattering for Evans and theres no doubt he is one of the most exciting young defenders United have ever had on there books.
I also get the impression Evans is United through and through and one of the players that SAF wants to make sure is there long after his own illustrious legacy.