West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis revealed Arsenal an approach for Manchester City-target Jonny Evans 12 months ago. “He had a chance to go to Arsenal last year. It didn’t affect him in any way,” said Pulis, reports the Express.
“You could say Manchester City are different because they will be hoping to win the title, the Champions league, and the FA Cup. It is difficult. We don’t want to sell him, or need to sell him, we are not desperate to get the money in, so it would have to be a very, very good offer. Then we would sit down and talk to Jonny about the situation,” he added.
Manchester City have had a bid rejected for Evans and are likely to come in with an improved offer given their need for a composed and reliable central defender. Despite the Northern Ireland international having won titles and silverware for City’s fierce rivals in the past, a move could still be on the cards.
The 29-year-old joined West Brom from Manchester United in 2015 and has gone on to make 65 appearances for the Midlands side. He lost his place with United as a result of stiff competitions for places and poor form but has resurrected his career at the Hawthorns. Evans made 31 Premier League appearances last season and helped West Brom to a top-half finish in the division.
This weekend sees Arsenal locking horns with a former club of Pulis’ – Stoke City. The Gunners travel to the Britannia Stadium to face the Potters on Saturday evening. Arsenal are 10/11 to win against Stoke City later today.