Manchester City In Evans West Brom Talks

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Pep Guardiola’s plans for strengthening his squad continued apace with Manchester City opening talks with West Bromwich Albion over Jonny Evans, claims the Daily Mail.

The 30-year-old Northern Ireland international was targeted by City last summer but the move failed to materialise. Tony Pulis, the-then Baggies manager, commented that it was Arsenal who showed genuine interest in the central defender.

While the Gunners still hold a watching brief on the former Manchester United player, it is the runaway Premier League leaders who seized the initiative.

After error-riven performances from Mangala and Stones at the weekend were repeated in last night’s narrow 2 – 1 win over Bristol City, Guardiola is convinced his defence needs shoring up as they challenge for a fantastic quadruple.

Evans contract expires in June 2019 and is expected to fetch a fee of around £20m, a drop of 50% on the sums demanded by West Brom last summer.

Arsène Wenger admitted at a press conference last week that Arsenal could not compete with Manchester City financially but insisted the Gunners were a genuine option of footballing grounds.

Their own defensive woes are well-documented and Evans would bring a no-nonsense attitude which is sorely missed at the Emirates. Whether the guarantee of first-team football is competition against challenging for trophies on four fronts remains to be seen.