Report: Arsenal and City vie for Evans

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According to the BBC, Arsenal and Manchester City have both revived their interest in Jonny Evans having failed to sign the player in previous years.

The Northern Ireland international has been valued at around £25 million by West Bromwich Albion.

While league leaders City look like the ‘no-brainer’ option for the 30-year-old, who still has family in the North-West, it’s understood that the Baggies interest in Mathieu Debuchy could help swing the move in Arsenal’s favour. The France international has made clear his desire to quit the Emirates in search of first team football.

City are looking for cover for Vincent Kompany and Eliaquim Mangala while Arsenal know Per Mertesacker is retiring at the end of the season. The Gunners also have doubts over the long-term future of Laurent Koscielny, managing an ongoing Achilles problem, and Calum Chambers, even though he’s just signed a new deal.

Tony Pulis, sacked as West Brom manager in November, revealed in August that Arsenal had tried to sign Evans in the summer of 2016.

“Arsenal were interested last year and made an offer last year. I don’t think this club has received anything from Arsenal [this year].”

Pulis’ replacement, Alan Pardew is thought to be keen on reshaping his relegation-threatened squad with any funds brought in from the sale of Evans.

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