It appears that Jonny Evans to Arsenal is definitely a no-go, with Arsene Wenger playing down talk of an approach in his latest press conference.
Evans was heavily linked with Arsenal over the summer and during the early stages of the January transfer window, but recently the rumours have died down. It now definitely appears the deal is dead in the water.
Tony Pulis confirmed Arsenal’s interest in the centre-back in September, and also claimed Manchester City had made an £18m offer for the 30-year-old. Neither club, however, were willing to meet West Brom’s valuation.
Later on, with the Gunners running low on fit centre-backs, and City wanting defensive back-up for the injury-prone Vincent Kompany, both sides returned for the Northern Ireland international.
Arsene Wenger admitted it was unlikely that Arsenal could compete with the Sky Blues’ financial clout.
During his pre-Crystal Palace presser, the boss said that he had nothing to add on that front, which makes sense considering the lack of reports linking us with Evans this week.
Jonny Evans – "There is as well nothing to add…" #AFC
— Mark Mann-Bryans (@MarkyMBryans) January 18, 2018
It seems as if new signing Konstantinos Mavropanos could be an internal solution to Arsenal’s shortage of centre-backs.
With Laurent Koscielny’s Achilles giving him trouble, Per Mertesacker retiring at the end of the season and Gabriel yet to be replaced since he moved to Valencia in the summer, the Gunners definitely need reinforcements from somewhere.
The 20-year-old was initially set to go out on loan to Werder Bremen this month after the Gunners signed him from Greek side PAS Giannina for £2m. Instead, Wenger’s confirmed that the youngster is staying put until the end of the season at least.
Perhaps we’ll see Mavropanos in the starting line-up sooner than we previously thought.