Two clubs make contact with West Brom over Jonny Evans transfer

Tyler Owen
January 10, 2018

Evans' impressive showings for West Brom last season certainly didn't go unnoticed on the part of the English top-flight's biggest sides, with Manchester City and Arsenal having both expressed an interest in the Baggies' star during the summer.

West Brom are thought to want around £25 million for Evans, who has 18 months left on his existing contract at the Hawthorns and indicated to the Midlands club, now second bottom of the Premier League, that he would be unwilling to sign a new deal.

The report claims that Arsenal may have an advantage in the chase for Evans' signature as West Brom are believed to be interested in bringing Gunners full-back Mathieu Debuchy in the opposite direction.

The Gunners are in need of a new central defender with Per Mertesacker retiring and Laurent Koscielny, who is forever troubled by an Achilles problem, entering the twilight period of his career, but Wenger is anxious a deal for the £25m-rated Evans may be hijacked by fellow interested party Manchester City, who he admits can blow Arsenal out of the financial water.

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"It would only be philosophical to talk about [Evans] as long as we do not have any agreement with anybody". "To see off any interest of any other club, yes". It is also reported that Manchester City are sniffing around the 30-year-old centre half. I don't know what their policy is.

When asked if there had been any contact from another club about Sanchez, Wenger said: "No, I expect nothing".

"If the decision comes to finances against Manchester City, we know we will be second best".

Pep Guardiola was also linked with a move for Evans late in the summer window, only for the transfer to fail to materialise. He knows he can have those conversations (about a new deal) with us.

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