Arsene Wenger Rubbishes Reports Linking Jonny Evans To Arsenal

10 January, 2018, 02:12 | Author: Cary Erickson
  • Arsene Wenger speaks out on £25m Jonny Evans deal amid Man City battle

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal could end up being "second best" to Manchester City in a bidding war for Jonny Evans and did not rule out a January exit for Alexis Sanchez.

West Brom rejected interest from Arsenal, Manchester City and Leicester in the summer but this month could be their last chance to generate the kind of fee that would allow new boss Alan Pardew to bolster his squad.

Wenger has always maintained that strong defenders can always have longer careers than midfielders and forwards, but do you think it would be a good deal to buy the 30 year-old Evans right now for £25m? Will we be out there to do something?

The Gunners are in need of a new central defender with Per Mertesacker retiring and Laurent Koscielny, who is forever troubled by an Achilles problem, entering the twilight period of his career, but Wenger is anxious a deal for the £25m-rated Evans may be hijacked by fellow interested party Manchester City, who he admits can blow Arsenal out of the financial water.

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While he also suggests Evans would prefer a move to City, he adds that a move to Arsenal cannot be fully ruled out.

"We will need to see off any interest of any other club, yes".

That's after the BBC reported that both Arsenal and Manchester City have made contact with the Hawthorns club over a transfer for the 30-year-old centre-back. I don't know what their policy is. He knows he can have those conversations (about a new deal) with us.

However, speaking in his press conference ahead of Arsenal's Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea, Wenger denied any agreement between the Baggies and Arsenal.

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