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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger failed with a late attempt to sign 30-year-old West Brom defender Jonny Evans due to the team’s inability to meet Evans valuation, according to Goal.
The clubs did not even begin negotiating a deal as the fee Arsenal were willing to pay for Evans was so much lower than West Brom’s asking price.
Manchester City initial battle with Arsenal for Evans was put to an end when the club decided to sign Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao, clearing the path for Arsenal to comfortably make a move for West Brom’s defender.
Arsenal’s record signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund and Mesut Ozil’s expected new contract may have impacted on their ability to pay West Brom what they were looking for.
The Gunners still keep hope alive as Alan Pardew’s side, who are currently 20th in the Premier League, could lose Evans for as little as £3m in the summer due to a relegation release clause he has in his contract.
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