Manchester City Targeting Shock Move For Ex-United Player

Posted August 18, 2017

City fans would not be entirely happy with their latest move, especially with the fact that their bid was rejected by West Brom, making it even more humiliating.

Guardiola's opening gambit of £18m plus add-ons was turned down and the message from the Hawthorns is very clear: Evans is not for sale.

He's won the Premier League three times at Man United - maybe that's why there was some question marks when Man City were interested. While Fletcher has made the move to Stoke, Evans now faces a decision on whether to gamble on returning to a big club and trying to force his way into a team challenging for silverware.

Pep Guardiola has been in the market for an experienced, strong defender all summer, but has seen attempts to sign Virgil van Dijk and Leonardo Bonucci hit the buffers.

Leicester City forward Islam Slimani (L) fights for the ball with defender Jonny Evans (R) during the Premier League Asia Trophy match.

Jonny Evans Northern Ireland Euro 2016

Arsenal previously showed an interest in signing Evans a year ago but West Brom also rejected the Gunners approach.

The Beeb claims that the 29-year-old Northern Ireland worldwide has impressed City manager Pep Guardiola and "talks have taken place over the past couple of weeks" between the Sky Blues and West Brom.

They too, however, would need to sell off Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony, Jason Denayer and Eliaquim Mangala to boost their own coffers.

While they have managed to reinforce the full-back positions with the arrival of Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, the heart of defence is still understaffed, with John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Vincent Kompany the only senior options at Pep Guardiola's disposal.

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