Leicester City have taken advantage of Manchester City’s dithering and have moved ahead in the queue to sign West Bromwich Albion’s experienced central defender Jonny Evans, according to the Mirror.
The report claims that Jonny Evans is holding out for a move to Manchester City under Pep Guardiola, despite interest from Claude Puel’s Foxes.
It also says that Evans is available for a cut-price £3m due to his relegation release clause – and his wages have been quoted by the same publication as being £85,000 per week – which would make him cheap cover at the Etihad.
It also claims that Guardiola had an interest in the former Manchester United defender last summer but could not agree a fee; but that would not be a problem this summer due to the smaller release clause.
With Vincent Kompany’s World Cup hanging by a thread; he has been included by Roberto Martinez in Belgium’s plans but he is carrying yet another injury, picked up in a warm-up match last weekend, it is clear once again that his fitness cannot be trusted.
With John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte all at the club, City just need a backup for when Kompany gives out again – he should look to move towards a coaching role at City, especially with admiring eyes looking at Mikel Arteta – and Evans is the perfect man, at the price of just £3m.
He should have little to no adjustment period, having lived in Manchester before and played in the league for a number of years; City need to get back in the hunt for Evans.