Manchester City's £18m bid for West Brom defender Jonny Evans rejected

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Moreover, the fact that the Irishman still remains a strong United fan, having supported them since his boyhood days, might just influence his decision to not move to the other side of Manchester.

Pep Guardiola already had exciting young forwards Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling at the club and spent the summer adding more emerging talent - plundering Ligue 1 champions Monaco for Bernardo Silva, 23, last week, and Benjamin Mendy, 23, last month, as well as goalkeeper Ederson Moraes, 24 on Thursday, from Benfica.

Apparently the City gaffer admires "Evans' ability on the ball and sound positional sense" and also his versatility in defence.

He's won the Premier League three times at Man United - maybe that's why there was some question marks when Man City were interested.

West Brom have also turned down a £10m bid from Leicester for the 29-year-old.

Evans has two years left to run on his current deal at the Baggies.


Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has his eyes firmly fixed on a former Manchester United defender.

City have been concerned about interest from Paris Saint-Germain in both Alexis and Mbappe, though sources at the French club have told Goal France that they will not pursue a move for the latter this summer.

The situation, though, may not even go to that, with West Brom swiftly rejecting City's £18 million bid for the Manchester United academy graduate.

Vincent Kompany, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi started for City during their 2-0 victory over Premier League newcomers Brighton in their opening fixture of the season and it's understood that Guardiola is eager to bolster his defensive options in the system he aims to employ during his sophomore season at the Etihad.

They too, however, would need to sell off Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony, Jason Denayer and Eliaquim Mangala to boost their own coffers.

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