Arsenal quoted new valuation for defender target as club seek 19m profit - report
By Harvey Byrne
Arsenal have been quoted £25million by West Brom for defender Jonny Evans, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that Tony Pulis has slapped the mega price-tag on the 28-year-old, who joined for just £6million last summer.
It is believed that Arsene Wenger sees the Northern Ireland international as a realistic option if his attempts to sign Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi fail.
The French manager has been pursuing the Germany international for large parts of the summer.
However, on Monday Sky Sports’ Spanish expert Guillem Balague said that the Gunners are likely to miss out on the centre-back.
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It is believed that the £25million price-tag for Evans has left the Gunners stunned, after it was reported that they don’t want to spend more than that amount for Mustafi.
However, the 53-time capped international would bring a wealth of experience, including a vast knowledge of the Premier League to the north London club’s backline.
Evans has three years left on his West Brom contract and has starred in 178 encounters in England’s top-flight for Manchester United, Sunderland and his current side.
He has won the league three times and has also featured in 27 Champions League fixtures, winning the elite competition during the 2007-08 campaign.
Evans is a key figure of Pulis’ defence and has played the full 90 minutes in the Hawthorns club’s opening two fixtures, despite picking up bookings in both matches.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners have made an enquiry for Monaco defender Marcel Tisserand.