Bryan Robson 'surprised' when Jonny Evans left Manchester United

Posted August 18, 2017

In one of the more shocking transfer stories of the summer, Sky Sports News are reporting that Manchester City are interested in former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans.

However, this is Manchester City (despite Evans' association of 18 years with the club down the road) and the lure of Champions League football undoubtedly presents a headache for player and club.

It's reported that Leicester were unsuccessful earlier in the summer with a £10m bid so City's failure with a bid almost double that size indicates West Brom's determination to hang on to Evans.

Meanwhile, Evans, who turns 30 in January and has spent the past two seasons at the mid-table Baggies, doesn't fit the general profile of a Guardiola signing.

"But this time a year ago, Arsenal were interested in him as well".

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Evans won three Premier League titles at City's crosstown rivals United, having been a youth player there before finally leaving for West Brom in 2015.

He joined West Brom after being told he did not figure in former United manager Louis van Gaal's plans. Evans, however, could be a valuable addition to the first-team setup at Etihad.

The 29-year-old has been a wanted man this summer with Brom rejecting two earlier bids from Leicester City.

Eliaquim Mangala is not in favour at City, and has been linked with Inter Milan.

While they have managed to reinforce the full-back positions with the arrival of Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, the heart of defence is still understaffed, with John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Vincent Kompany the only senior options at Pep Guardiola's disposal.