West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis spoke out about Arsenal’s failed bid for Northern Ireland centre-back Jonny Evans, admitted the Gunners didn’t meet the defender’s asking price last summer, reports the Express.
“If Arsenal or Man City had met the valuation it could’ve been different. He has to get his head down and get on with it. I hope we can offer him a new contract and tie him down, we will speak next week about what Jonny is thinking and what he wants to do,” said the 59-year-old.
Arsenal and Manchester City were heavily linked with Evans 12 months ago, but neither side could agree a deal with Albion to enter contract talks with the player. The Gunners ended up signing Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia while Manchester City brought in Everton’s John Stones.
Evans enjoyed a good season with West Brom in 2016/17, with the club all but sealing their survival in the Premier League with months remaining, but interest from the two clubs arose late into the summer transfer window. Arsenal and City once again struggled to meet Albion’s demands, and Pulis now plans to tie the 29-year-old down to a new deal.
Had Arsenal or Manchester City met the reported £30m asking price, they could have captured Evans this summer. But now the window has been shut, meaning they will have to wait until January to bolster their defence.