Arsenal’s search for a defensive recruit has hit yet another wall just days before the conclusion of the summer transfer window.
It is this period of the year where panic buys and inflated fees become the norm for those clubs still in the market for new players.
Arsene Wenger’s tardiness has left him without a high-profile arrival in the striking department, but the Frenchman’s priorities seemingly lie in defence.
Despite this, only Rob Holding of Bolton has arrived at the Emirates thus far, and if The Telegraph‘s latest report is accurate, the Gunners will be forced to fork out for any potential defensive cover.
writes that West Brom are asking for at least £25m for Northern Irish defender Jonny Evans. Remarkably, Tony Pulis’ club are said to value the 28-year-old at around £30m.
Having spent nine years at Manchester United, Evans moved to The Hawthorns last year for an undisclosed fee, and made 34 appearances in all for the Baggies at the heart of their back four.
The pursuits of Shkodran Mustafi and Jose Fonte have proved fruitless thus far, and any further delays on Wenger’s part will ensure that he must part with the bulk of £30m for a defender. Fonte’s age means a reduced fee, but Manchester United are the front-runners in that particular chase.