Manchester City Trying To Agree Fee With West Brom For Jonny Evans

Posted August 18, 2017

However, this is Manchester City (despite Evans' association of 18 years with the club down the road) and the lure of Champions League football undoubtedly presents a headache for player and club.

The West Brom skipper has two years to run on his deal at The Hawthorns but according to the BBC Guardiola is anxious to sign the central defender to stiffen his defence.

Apparently the City gaffer admires "Evans' ability on the ball and sound positional sense" and also his versatility in defence.

It is unclear how much a move to Manchester City appeals to the former Manchester United defender, but the Citizens would be unlikely to chase his signature for several weeks if they did not believe he would be open to the switch.

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"It doesn't [surprise me] and it's quite refreshing that Man City are trying to buy a British or Irish player because we always see these foreign imports coming in who don't know the Premier League", Given said.

City have been concerned about interest from Paris Saint-Germain in both Alexis and Mbappe, though sources at the French club have told Goal France that they will not pursue a move for the latter this summer. That leaves youngster Tosin Adarabioyo as an alternative and while the academy product is highly rated, he is still relatively raw and needs to be eased into first-team experience.

The Chilean informed Arsenal of his desire to leave the club and join City at the start of July, but has so far not taken similar action to Philippe Coutinho, who is attempting to force through a move to Barcelona from Liverpool.

Nonetheless, Evans still made 198 appearances for the Old Trafford club, winning three Premier League titles, two League Cups and a FIFA Club World Cup. Eliaquim Mangala spent last season on loan at Valencia and didn't doing anything at the Mestalla or in preseason to convince Guardiola he should be part of his plans, and the Frenchman is expected to leave before the transfer window shuts.