Entering the foray of an already congested rally, a recent report from the Daily Telegraph has quoted that Arsenal have made an enquiry for West Brom’s Jonny Evans last night.
The Gunners have had a poor start to their new Premier League campaign and have already conceded eight goals in just three appearances. Hence, Arsenal Wenger has prioritized bringing a new central defender, with the former Manchester United man topping his cart. The Northern Ireland international, besides Arsenal, has also attracted interest from the likes of Manchester City and Leicester City.
The Premier League duo have seen their respective bids getting rejected as Toni Pulis is adamant on not losing his prized asset. Evans, on the other hand, hasn’t spoken much about the transfer as well. “Obviously there’s been a bit of speculation around my future here, but from my point of view, it’s very simple. All I’ve been concentrating on is getting fit and getting back out on the pitch and doing my bit for the team.
“Every window there’s always speculation over transfers but as players these things are often out of your control and it’s best not to think too much about it. Until anybody tells me different, I’m committed to the Albion and I’m only thinking about getting in this team. It’s a great club and I’m proud to be captain.”
BBC reports that Pulis has already rejected a couple of offers from Manchester City with an £18m bid being a recent one. Furthermore, Evans, who still has two more years left on his current West Brom deal, was also a subject of a £10 million Leicester City bid, but the Foxes faced a similar fate as their Premier League rivals. Leicester, however, didn’t end their pursuit as a £23m bid followed soon after, but Pulis is reportedly holding on to his £30 million price tag of the defender.
For Arsenal, it certainly isn’t shocker as they tried luring Evans last summer as well, but the Baggies, then as well, played hard ball and the defender stayed put. Arsenal’s pursuit of the 29-year-old has come just hours after it was reported that Shkodran Mustafi is linked with a move to Inter Milan. Mustafi, who made 26 league appearances last summer, was dropped in Arsenal’s recent defeat to Liverpool and Mirror quotes that he is ready to move to Italy, with Arsenal demanding at least £20 million for his signature; that means the Gunners are ready to take a £15 million hit should the German departs for the aforementioned fee.
Evans is currently training with the Northern Ireland squad in Manchester as they prepare for their Friday’s World Cup qualifier against San Marino.