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Pep Guardiola must spend £23.5m for key Man City signing, could arrive this week

While it’s difficult to pick holes in the Man City squad this season, Pep Guardiola arguably has a couple of departments that he should strengthen.

One of which is up front after Gabriel Jesus suffered an injury setback, as that leaves the Man City boss a little light up top with Sergio Aguero now set to be heavily relied upon.

However, the other is in defence. Vincent Kompany remains sidelined with injury problems, while the 4-3 defeat to Liverpool at the weekend arguably showed weaknesses in the backline, especially at left-back with Fabian Delph having to come off injured.

Nevertheless, it’s a centre-half that the Premier League leaders are being linked with, as according to The Sun, West Bromwich Albion are demanding £23.5m for Jonny Evans.

The 30-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Etihad for months, as per the report, while Arsenal are also said to be interested.

Given his experience at the highest level, his winning mentality that was developed during a successful spell at Man Utd and his overall influence at the back, it would be a sensible signing for either club, to either add quality and depth especially with City competing on various fronts.

However, it’s noted that City want to pay £20m for Evans and so will hope to negotiate down his price this week, with a bid potentially being made on Thursday and a deal being done this week, as per the Sun.

It wouldn’t be one of the most overwhelming signings that Man City could make, but Guardiola needs to strengthen in certain areas, and this seems like a solid addition who could do a job for the Spaniard.

Whether or not a deal is agreed this month though remains to be seen, with personal terms not even mentioned as that could also be a stumbling block if a transfer fee is agreed upon between the two clubs.

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