After having their initial bid of £18 million for Jonny Evans rejected, Manchester City are adamant to make one more attempt to pry away the West Bromwich Albion captain.
Reports in The Sun suggest that Pep Guardiola is eager to secure the services of the ex-Man Utd defender, and is said to be working on a package worth £35 million to outdo his first bid.
The negotiations come in the background of West Brom manager Tony Pulis insisting that “every player is for sale at the right price”. Moreover, he also commented on the decision that lies in Evans’ hands.
“We don’t want to stop him from doing something he wants to do. We don’t want to have a player that stays at the football club and is disappointed,” Pulis stated.
Interestingly, spending money won’t be the biggest concern of the Manchester club. Guardiola has been immensely thankful to the management for bankrolling the club’s rather healthy transfer activity over the summer.
City have already secured the likes of Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva, and Benjamin Mendy in a bid to stabilize their squad.
Moreover, if they manage to sign the 29-year-old Irishman, they can secure their central defense. Capturing the player also has an added advantage for the club, as he is homegrown – an attribute that the English giants are desperate for.
Furthermore, if the deal does go through, it will be an enormous profit for West Brom, who secured the player from Man Utd for the modest sum of £8 million back in 2015.
However, Pulis has stressed that the club has no immediate need for money, and they would much rather retain their current talents. Attracting players to the Hawthorns has proven to be quite a daunting task over the summer.
Having already performed decently in the transfer market, Guardiola will not shy away from one last splurge in an attempt to secure his team. By now the ex-Barcelona boss must have surely realized that no amount of talent can prove to be enough in England.
Needless to say, he’ll do all he can to ensure that City puts up a strong challenge for the Premier League crown this season.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.