Man City offer £18m for former United defender Jonny Evans

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Guardiola's opening gambit of £18m plus add-ons was turned down and the message from the Hawthorns is very clear: Evans is not for sale.

Eliaquim Mangala will be allowed to leave City if Evans is signed.

While some are shocked by the possibility of Evans moving to the Etihad, the former Manchester United centre back could be a welcome addition to the team.

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

Evans, who still lives close to Manchester, won't be intimated to be thrust back on to the big stage and has plenty of European and top-level experience with United, where he won three Premier League titles and two League Cups.

City have told Mangala centre that he can leave the club
City have told Mangala centre that he can leave the clubJOSEP LAGO AFP GETTY IMAGES

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.

The Frenchman has been training with the Blues in recent weeks and is now with the first-team squad in Girona, but is only considered a temporary option while other options are pursued.

They held the same stance when Leicester City enquired about the centre-back and also rejected a £10m bid from the Foxes earlier this summer.

The Chilean informed Arsenal of his desire to leave the club and join City at the start of July, but has so far not taken similar action to Philippe Coutinho, who is attempting to force through a move to Barcelona from Liverpool. The player moved to West Brom in the summer of 2015 after spending his entire career up until the transfer at Manchester United, with a mammoth 198 senior appearances to his name for the Red Devils.

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