Arsenal have reportedly been told by West Bromwich Albion that they will have to pay £25m in order to sign defender Jonny Evans.
The Gunners have been left frustrated this summer as they have been priced out of signing a number of individuals, with Evans now seemingly set to be added to that list.
Arsene Wenger is under heavy pressure to bring in another central defender, with Per Mertesacker and Gabriel ruled out long-term with injuries.
In turn, the Frenchman has thrown summer signing Rob Holding straight into the team, but will be aware that he needs more quality and experience next to Laurent Koscielny if Arsenal are to compete for trophies this season.
According to The Telegraph, it doesn’t look as though Evans will be the man to provide that, with the Baggies placing the shock price-tag on the Northern Ireland international, despite the fact that they signed him for just £8m in August last year, as noted by BBC Sport.
Further, the report goes on to add that the north London outfit haven’t yet given up on Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, but they face a similar issue there with the La Liga side wanting significantly more than the £25m that the Gunners are willing to offer.
The transfer problems continue for Arsenal with Lyon demanding big money for striker Alexandre Lacazette too, as per The Telegraph, and so there could now be further frustration and misery for the club in their bid to strengthen this summer.
So far, Wenger’s only marquee signing has been midfielder Granit Xhaka, with Holding and Takuma Asano also arriving at the Emirates.
While their rivals have splashed out huge amounts of money on strengthening their squads, Wenger has unsurprisingly been heavily criticised. However, looking at the fees being demanded for their targets, it’s no real surprise to see them struggling to bring in new faces.