Arsenal make surprise approach for £30m international defender

By on August 29, 2017

According to the Telegraph, Arsenal have made a shock approach for West Brom centre-back Jonny Evans and are ready to battle Manchester City for the £30m-rated defender.

Arsene Wenger has been tipped to bring in another central defender after selling Gabriel to Valencia while Shkodran Mustafi is also being strongly linked with a move to Inter Milan.

It looks like the boss has a surprise candidate in mind as the Telegraph are one of several media outlets reporting today that we approached West Brom over the signing of Evans late on Monday night.

The Northern Ireland international was linked with a move to Arsenal last summer before we signed Mustafi so it looks as though Wenger has decided to renew his interest.

However, we’re going to face stiff competition as the newspaper claims Man City are ready to meet West Brom’s £30m valuation after seeing their initial £20m offer rejected last week.

It’s an intriguing development as the news comes shortly after reports broke claiming City have opened formal talks with Arsenal over the signing of Alexis Sanchez.

Perhaps Wenger will use his interest in Evans as leverage in the negotiations for Sanchez? We could see City agreeing to withdraw from the race for Evans if Arsenal agree to do business over the Chilean international.

It’s going to be fascinating to see how this all develops over the coming days but I’d personally be surprised if Wenger was prepared to pay £30m for a 29-year-old centre-back.

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On the face of it, Evans would be a decent signing. He has a huge amount of Premier League and international experience and could be the leader we need to sort out our vulnerable defence.

However, I just don’t see Wenger spending that kind of money on an ageing defender when we have so many other issues in the squad to worry about. Therefore, I expect we’ll see Evans end up at City…..along with Alexis.


  1. malaysian gunner

    August 29, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    For starters he will do well to get players from the epl.
    Technically they may not as good as the Euro based guys but the epl
    is a very tough physically demanding one.
    You need guys who have the physique to fight with the thugs.
    Hopefully Evans will go to the ES and improve the defence.
    The fm better get rid of his pattern weaving soccer and shoot with speed and suddenness. Otherwise it will be more of the same.
    By then it will be too late and he could be facing the axe.
    Better achieving managers have been sacked . Mourino springs to mind.

  2. malaysian gunner

    August 29, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Hopefully he will from now get bigger and taller players.
    He has to improve the defence.Tactically he is a novice
    compared to the top guys.
    His predictable style is the cause for the mauling by Pooland
    frequent losses to the big teams.
    If Evans is in the bag he will bring epl experience and how
    opposing strikers play and maybe make a significant improvement
    to reduce goals conceded.
    One final note. Any player he brings in ie Messi/Bale must start wins otherwise it will be a waste of time.

  3. Vikky

    August 29, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Useless only profit makers board and manager arsene wenger! Arsenal team are underdog now with d stupid coach in charge

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