The BBC have revealed that on deadline day, West Bromwich Albion turned down a £25 million offer from Arsenal for defender Jonny Evans (via The BBC).
It was a deadline day to forget for Arsenal fans. In recent years, the likes of Mesut Özil, Danny Welbeck and Shkodran Mustafi have made late moves to the Emirates but there was no such luck this year.
Instead, the Gunners had a failed bid for Thomas Lemar and kept Alexis Sanchez for another season despite Manchester City’s best interests.
However, now the BBC’s Simon Stone has revealed that the Gunners had another failed transfer attempt on deadline day, this one was for West Bromwich Albion’s Jonny Evans.
“West Brom turned down offers of around £25m from both Leicester and Arsenal yesterday,” he told the BBC.
Evans was also linked with a move to Manchester City and was reportedly seen by Arsene Wenger as a replacement for Shkodran Mustafi.
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Jonny Evans gets a lot of criticism from supporters but he is actually a solid defender. Evans would be a good signing for almost any team in the Premier League but would seriously bring Shkodran Mustafi’s future into question. This late rejected bid typifies Arsenal’s poor planning in the transfer window.