Arsenal remain keen on West Brom’s Jonny Evans, but the Gunners are behind in the race to Manchester City, while Manchester United are the most recent to show an interest.

Interest in West Brom centre back Jonny Evans remains high, and not just from Arsenal. According to the Times, Manchester City have held further talks with West Brom about the 30-year-old. On top of that, Manchester United, West Ham and Everton are also interested.

Arsene Wenger has admitted that if City are interested, they would be favourites to sign him, saying: “Financially if the decision comes to finances we know we will be second best, that is well known,” reports The S*n.

That situation is hardly going to improve should United also get involved. The Red Devils could have an edge of the competition by being Evans’ former club. He came through their academy system and played 198 times before he was sold to West Brom in 2015.

Arsenal’s interest in Evans is related to ongoing problems in the defence. With Per Mertesacker retiring and Laurent Koscielny struggling with injury, it seems Wenger wants another experienced defender to tighten things up.

But with both Manchester clubs interested, Arsenal will surely be third in the race to sign him. Evans has made 19 Premier League appearances for West Brom this season and remains an ever-present while the Baggies struggle in the top flight.

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