Manchester City and Arsenal, set to do business over 28-year-old Alexis Sanchez, are battling it out over West Bromwich Albion centre back Johnny Evans. The 29-year-old Northern Ireland international is seen by both Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger as being a steadying hand on the defensive tiller, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Leicester City had an offer of £21m rejected by the Baggies recently and City’s original two bids for the defender fell well short of Albion’s valuation of £30m. Evans departure is helped by the imminent arrival of former City defender, Eliaquim Mangala, 26, who is set to leave the Etihad having spent last season on loan with Valencia.
Arsenal were interested in signing Evans last summer but were rebuffed in their attempts to take the Albion captain to the Emirates. Instead, they turned to Shkodran Mustafi, 25, but the German international is set to be offloaded to Internazionale a year after leaving Valencia.
It’s a twist to his career that the former Manchester United defender didn’t expect when he left Old Trafford. Currently with the Northern Ireland squad at City’s CFA Campus for the current round of World Cup Qualifiers, Evans is expected to briefly depart for a medical this week before resuming his international duties.