Man City open Evans talks as Alexis & Mbappe interest continues

Rachel Hardy
August 18, 2017

Former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans could be heading back to the city, claims BBC Sport, but it's Manchester City who are wooing him. Pep wanted a cheap, experienced, homegrown player who is Premier League proven.

Evans has two years left to run on his current deal at the Baggies. And if the exclusive report from Telegraph is anything to go by, there has been another one, with Manchester City lodging a surprise £18 million bid for former Manchester United man Jonny Evans, a bid which was swiftly rejected by West Bromwich Albion. Evans, however, could be a valuable addition to the first-team setup at Etihad.

Leicester City forward Islam Slimani (L) fights for the ball with defender Jonny Evans (R) during the Premier League Asia Trophy match.

The 29-year-old has impressed hugely in a variety of positions during his two-year stint at The Hawthorns and was appointed as captain by Tony Pulis following Darren Fletcher's switch to Stoke City.

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Evans made a total of 198 appearances for United, winning three Premier League titles as well as two League Cups but fell out of favour under Jose Mourinho's predecessor Louis van Gaal.

Twelve months ago, Arsenal showed an interest in signing Evans but West Brom rejected the approach for their captain.

City were often caught short in that area last season, with just three senior centre halves in Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones and Vincent Kompany. 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.

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