Man City to pay Jonny Evans asking price

Manchester City are ready to West Bromwich Albion’s asking price for Jonny Evans.

The Baggies want a deal worth £35million, including add-ons, and sources now suggest that City are ready to agree to the terms.

City have already seen a couple of bids turned down and did not want to go over £30million for the 29-year-old, but now hey realise they have little choice but to do that.

Pep Guardiola wants an experienced Premier League centre-half to come in and Evans is the man he wants, as he believes he will fit perfectly into his system.

The former Manchester United star is still based in the area, and is understood to be keen on the move back to the North West.

We spoke to Ladbrokes around the market on Evans, who they make Evens to join City and 8/11 to stay with West Brom.


Alex Apati of Ladbrokes told “Pulis has made it clear it’ll take a pretty special bid for the Baggies to allow Evans to leave this summer.

“But the latest odds suggest Guardiola won’t stop until he gets his man – whatever the cost.”

We also spoke to Sam Lee’s Manchester City writer – to get his views on Evans making the move to the Etihad.

“Evans was certainly not top of Pep Guardiola’s shopping list but he is far from a last resort, and I think he would fit nicely into the system and tick a lot of boxes, were he to complete his move,” he told us.

“Of course he counts as a homegrown player, which is important to City’s attempts to build a big squad, but he is also a solid defender who is comfortable on the ball, more comfortable than Nicolas Otamendi, I would say.

“He also has a wealth of top-level experience, which Guardiola has tried to recruit this summer at the same time as bringing in youngsters to lower the average age of the squad. A lot of City fans are underwhelmed by the signing, but I think it would make a lot of sense if it eventually goes through.”

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