Arsenal’s desperation is glaring and this could be attributed to their frustration and knock-backs in the transfer market so far.
From players unwilling to make a move to the Emirates to clubs asking Arsenal to pay above the odds if they want to sign players. Now, West Bromwich Albion seems to have followed that tread, too.
Recent reports suggest West Brom have asked the Gunners to pay £25m if they want to sign defender Johnny Evans before the transfer window deadline.
With talks between Arsenal and Valencia regarding the signing of Shkodran Mustafi at a standstill, the Gunners have looked elsewhere to other alternatives and Evans is one of those players earmarked. Injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista have made Arsenal vulnerable at the rearguard and boss Arsene Wenger wants increased depth in that department.
Evans, 28, had an impressive outing for Northern Ireland in June’s European Championships in France and, West Brom see the former United centre-half as a valuable member and will not let him leave unless Arsenal cough up £28m.
Arsenal have had a nightmarish start to the current campaign, having gained just one point in two games. West Brom’s exorbitant asking price for Evans will now add more to Wenger’s headache, but the Arsenal faithful will be hoping the Mustafi deal is finally completed.