Arsene wants to bring determined Goodison Park man to the Emirates but may have one hell of a fight on his hands.
Arsenal have had a £14million bid for Everton’s Phil Jagielka turned down.
The England international, 27, has recovered from a serious knee ligament and is seen by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger as the experienced centre-back to steady his defence.
But Everton manager David Moyes is not prepared to lose a key man, already aware that he may have a problem in hanging onto midfielder Mikel Arteta given Manchester City’s efforts to sign him.
However, Arsenal are set to test Everton’s resolve by tabling a revised bid of £ 16m. (The Mirror)
Arsene Wenger is a man on a mission, at least that’s what you think if you skimmed the Sunday papers and web entries, he is now looking to push on with a move for England centre back Phil Jagielka as he looks to freshen up a back line that will need rebuilding after the departures of Mikel Silvestre (won’t be missed), William Gallas (will be missed but also quite unhinged) and Sol Campbell (who was clearly only a short term solution).
David Moyes must have the summer. I imagine that he spend the entire time giving his best players constant phone calls to check if they are still in the Merseyside area or whether they have been prized away by ‘bigger’ clubs.
The 27 year old centre back was going great guns before he suffered a cruciate ligament injury and was on the fringes of the international set-up but has managed to battle his way back to full fitness and looked pretty sharp at the tail end of last season.
Moyes will be worried that any real interest in the former Sheffield United man may turn the players head and then the fight of the player really begins. Having seen similar struggles pan out with Wayne Rooney and Joleon Lescott, the Goodison Park boss will be keen to avert a departure, however a bid of £16m may be sorely tempting.