Arsenal To Table Improved Defender Bid After Seeing £25m Offer Rejected

By on August 30, 2017

Managers are now pressing ahead with their plans for the final days of the summer transfer window so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe. Today, Arsenal make their move for Jonny Evans….

Arsenal are set to table an improved offer for Jonny Evans after seeing an opening £25m bid rejected by West Bromwich Albion, according to the Telegraph.

Arsene Wenger is believed to be on the look-out for another centre-back as Shkodran Mustafi is being lined-up for a move to Inter Milan while Gabriel has already joined Valencia.

The Telegraph reported earlier this week that Arsenal chiefs had opened preliminary talks with West Brom over a potential deal for Evans after Wenger renewed his interest in the defender.

We were linked with Evans last summer before signing Mustafi so it looks like Wenger has gone back in for the Northern Ireland international now that Mustafi appears set for a move to Serie A.

It seems we’ve now formalised our interest as the Telegraph are reporting tonight that Arsenal have launched a £25m bid but the offer has already been knocked back by the Baggies.

The newspaper says Arsenal are expected to submit an improved bid for the 29-year-old which will be closer to West Brom’s £30m valuation but could still face competition from Man City for his signature.

City have been strongly linked with Evans in recent weeks but they can’t sign the former Man Utd centre-back until they offload Eliaquim Mangala – who’s is stalling on a move to the Hawthorns.

Pep Guardiola is still hoping to persuade Mangala to accept a move to West Brom as that would pave the way for City to step-up their interest in Evans and try to hijack Arsenal’s move.

We’ll have to wait and see how things progress over the coming hours but the situation is going to have to move quickly as Evans is due to fly to San Marino at 11am on Thursday morning ahead of Northern Ireland’s World Cup qualifier.

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I don’t think there is any question that we’ll need another centre-back if Mustafi leaves and while Evans might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I don’t think he’d be the worst signing as he has bags of experience and his no-nonsense approach might be just what we need to sort out our back three.

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3 Comments

  1. John

    August 30, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    I don’t understand why the so called bigger clubs look down on Jonny Evans. He is a class performer. You talk about him having a no nonsense approach but this couldn’t be further than the truth. I certainly don’t want to see him leave the baggies but if he did join the Gunners, you would find a very cultured footballer and he would probably be your most composed centre half. Evans himself has said that he’d like to play in Spain at some point because it suits his style of play.

    Put it this way, I wouldn’t swap him for any current Arsenal central defenders and at the moment I”d struggle to name a better British defender.

    • Mark Willetts

      August 31, 2017 at 12:23 am

      I agree fantastic at the Albion, don’t want to see him go

  2. George gunner

    August 31, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Though he isnt wc,he is a better defender than Holding and Chambers.
    Before the season began,I had doubts about the defence . The 3 goals conceded and the loss to Stoke confirmed my worst fears.
    The problem is when the gunners are confronted by a massed defence or 2 lines of defenders,they still try to pass around that’s where Pool and most teams surge to score .
    Until Wenger gets rid of his arrogance,the gunners will be stuck in a rut or he is fired.

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