As per a report from the Daily Mail, Arsenal’s deadline day effort to sign West Brom defender Jonny Evans was ‘laughed off’ by the Baggies.
Since making the move to the Hawthorns from Manchester United in 2015, 30-year-old central defender Evans has gone on to establish himself as one of the Premier League’s most consistent stoppers.
The 67-time capped Northern Ireland international has proven himself to be not only a hugely capable defender, but also a stellar leader, with his experience having proven crucial to his side’s stout defensive record over the last couple of seasons (not so much this season, though).
Evans’ impressive showings for West Brom last season certainly didn’t go unnoticed on the part of the English top-flight’s biggest sides, with Manchester City and Arsenal having both expressed an interest in the Baggies’ star during the summer.
In the end, though, West Brom stood firm, with Pep Guardiola having admitted that (former Baggies boss) ‘Tony Pulis put a price (on Evans) that we couldn’t afford at that moment.’
However, the battle for Evans was very much back underway following the opening of the winter transfer market at the beginning of last month, with Arsenal and City once again having emerged as the leading contenders for his signature.
Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger admitted early last month that his side would come out ‘second best’ if pitted in a battle of finances with Pep Guardiola’s runaway Premier League table-toppers for Evans, but, in the end, the Citizens opted to splash out a hefty 65 million Euro to bring in Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao, seemingly leaving Arsenal with a free run at West Brom’s star man.
Multiple sources across the English media yesterday claimed that the North Londoners had seen a last-ditch move for Evans rejected, though the value of their offer remained unclear.
But, as per the aforementioned report from the Daily Mail this afternoon, the value of the bid on the part of the Gunners has since been leaked.
It is claimed that the board at the Emirates submitted a final offer of just £12 million for Evans, less than half of what West Brom were demanding for their captain.
The Baggies are said to have ‘laughed off’ the proposal, with Arsene Wenger forced to make do with the current defensive options at his disposal for the remainder of the season as a result.