Arsenal have made a new enquiry for Jonny Evans, according to Sky Sports, but would he really be worth £25m?
Arsenal’s interest in Evans is a legacy of the summer transfer window, when they made attempts to sign him.
West Brom reportedly rejected a bid of £18m from Arsenal in the summer, but have made plans for life without their 30-year-old captain.
Our interest in the summer made some sense as there were doubts about Shkodran Mustafi’s future at the club.
However, you now have to wonder if Arsenal aren’t better off targeting a younger player.
We already have Per Mertesacker, who’s retiring, and Laurent Koscielny, who is 32. In a couple of seasons time, Arsenal would be looking for a younger replacement for Evans as well.
The £25m fee is low when you compare it to the £75m Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk, but when you factor in Evans’ age and the fact he has 18 months remaining on his West Brom contract, it starts to look a bit too much.
Arsenal do need more quality at the back, but I have my doubts Evans would provide that given that Manchester United got rid of him 2015 when Louis van Gaal told him he had no future at the club. He cost West Brom just £6m.
“Jonny Evans, I love him to bits, I’ve known him since he was a kid,” Gary Neville said back in December when Evans was reportedly valued at £30m.
“He’s a fantastic centre-back but £30million? (laughs).
“The market has just shifted in a way that we could never imagine but it’s just where it is.
“People want good, solid, not just actual No 1 and No 2 centre-backs now, they want No 3 and 4 and they want good support in the squad.
“Manchester City wanted him earlier in the season, West Brom obviously resisted that.
“Nothing surprises me anymore, I think the pricing has gone incredibly. It’s nothing to do with Jonny, Jonny’s a very good player and we’ll see.”
As it is, having Koscielny, Mustafi, Mertersacker, Nacho Monreal, Rob Holding and Calum Chambers should be enough to last us until the summer.
Hopefully then we’ll be able to find a better deal or realise that Mavro is ready after his loan.