Arsenal and Manchester City have been told by West Brom that Jonny Evans could leave the club if they receive a £30m bid.
Evans was linked with a move to Arsenal and Manchester City during the summer transfer window. West Brom’s former manager Tony Pulis said at the time that neither club would meet their valuation of the Northern Ireland international.
According to the Mirror, that valuation appears to be around £30m. They report that Manchester United are now interested in signing the defender they sold in 2014.
Jose Mourinho apparently thought selling Evans to West Brom was a mistake, so much so that he’s going to correct that mistake three years after it was made. As for Arsenal, they could do with some defensive reinforcement.
Per Mertesacker is retiring in the summer, and Arsene Wenger has been reluctant to rely on Rob Holding and Calum Chambers. That effectively leaves Arsenal with just three reliable first-team options.
Whether Arsenal should spend £30m on a 29-year-old who wouldn’t necessarily improve the first team is another matter. Adding to the squad’s depth is fine, but the Gunners could use some real quality back there, and not another stop-gap solution.