How much? Arsenal quoted huge price for Jonny Evans
West Bromwich Albion appear to have slapped a lavish price tag on defender Jonny Evans, amid reports that they will only consider selling their Northern Ireland star to Premier League rivals Arsenal for a massive £25m.
Evans is believed to be on a list of possible defensive targets drawn up by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who has confirmed that he is eager to sign central defensive cover in the final days of this summer’s transfer window following injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel.
While Wenger has confirmed that he is in talks to sign Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, Arsenal’s failure to agree a fee for the German international has sparked rumours of a fresh move for Evans.
The former Manchester United defender impressed during Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 campaign in France this summer, but the arrival of the 28-year-old Belfast-born star would be something of a surprise move from Wenger.
So Arsenal are quoted £25m for Jonny Evans? If Wenger needed evidence that getting deals done early was cost effective, there it is 😳 #AFC— Kevin Palmer (@RealKevinPalmer) August 22, 2016
However, the Arsenal boss is under huge pressure to add to his limited squad after their collected just one point from their first two Premier League games of the new season, leaving the Gunners five points behind Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City.
Fresh reports suggest Arsenal have made a surprise enquiry for Monaco defender Marcel Tisserand, with the valuations on players in the current transfer climate meaning Wenger will be forced to pay over the odds to make a signing before the August 31st transfer deadline.
The price tag on Evans confirms that this is not a transfer market that will allow Wenger to pick up the kind of defensive bargain he is clearly keen to capture.
The clock is ticking for a manager who knows the club's supporters are running out of patience with his transfer dithering.