引用The Northern Ireland international, who was impressive for his country at Euro 2016, has emerged as a possible solution to bolster Arsenal’s options at centre-back, but it appears that the Gunners will have to pay £25m to sign Evans, as reported by the Telegraph.
Arsenal are on the lookout for a new centre-back with Per Mertesacker and Gabriel both out injured, but time is running out to rectify the issue, with a move for Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi having so far failed to come to fruition.
引用Arsenal are in danger of missing out on signing Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, according to Guillem Balague.
Sky sources reported earlier in August that Mustafi had agreed a move to the Emirates, with negotiations ongoing over the transfer fee, while Arsene Wenger said over the weekend that a deal "will be done" before the transfer deadline.
However, Mustafi's buy-out clause now seems likely to prove a major stumbling block.
Balague, Sky Sports' Spanish football expert, said: "The coaching staff at Valencia think Mustafi will not go, and this is the same message being made by Valencia.
"They insist the only way Mustafi will be allowed to leave is if Arsenal trigger his euro50m (gbp43.1m) buy-out clause, which I think everybody will agree is too much money for him.
"Valencia's position is such because they don't think they can find someone to replace him, given the proximity of transfer deadline day. It's a similar stance to the one they have with Barcelona target Paco Alcacer, or at least that's the message they are giving out.
"So, as things stand, neither Mustafi nor Alcacer will be leaving Valencia. I heard Arsene Wenger confirm publicly that Arsenal were in negotiations for Mustafi. That's very rare for him to do so. Perhaps he is trying to apply some pressure on Valencia to sell.
"Valencia have had difficulties with Financial Fair Play, but that has improved recently. They still need to sell one or two players, but they would rather part with the likes of Aderlan Santos or Lucas Orban, sales which they believe would bring the club in line with the regulations.
"So they are not as desperate as some are making them out to be."
引用Arsene Wenger hails Rob Holding, says 'I am sorry he didn't cost £55 million'
Arsene Wenger brushed off calls for Arsenal to bring in a veteran centre-back by praising defenders Rob Holding and Laurent Koscielny in a "great defensive performance" in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Leicester City. Wenger decided to start Holding over Calum Chambers even though the newcomer from Bolton -- who cost just £2 million -- only made his Premier League last weekend when the Gunners conceded four goals in a 4-3 loss to Liverpool.
And while Arsenal are still looking for an experienced defender in the transfer market, and have been in talks with Valencia over Shkodran Mustafi, Wenger said Holding's performance showed that splashing cash is not always the answer.
"We have a whole team working on the strengthening of the team. I'm not the only one," Wenger said in his postgame news conference.
"Unfortunately no one speaks about the performance of Rob Holding. You should be happy, he is English and 20 years old. I am sorry he didn't cost £55 million, so he can't be good."
"We don't speak about the performances anymore and I think that is not right."