Former Manchester United defender ‘holding out’ for £3m move to Manchester City – report

Former Manchester United centre-back Jonny Evans is refusing to give up on his wish to join Manchester City after the Premier League champions showed interest and even made approaches to sign him in the last two transfer windows.

According to James Nursery of the Mirror, 30-year-old Evans has played his last game for relegated West Brom, and despite a number of clubs being interested, he is hoping City will come back for him.

Evans, who has a relegation release clause of just £3million, is known to be settled in the north-west, where he is still based, and a move to City appeals to him.

The problem for the Northern Ireland international may be that City seem to have moved on from their interest in him, with Ajax youngster Matthijs de Ligt reported to be the main target in the event they strengthen the defence.

There is no guarantee that City will even move for a centre-back this summer, with Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Tosin Adarabioyo all options. Guardiola’s faith in club captain Kompany remaining fit next season may influence any decision on bringing in an additional defender.

Evans’ former club Manchester United have been linked with a move to re-sign their former player, while another north-west club, Everton, have also been mentioned as potential suitors. For now, he is holding out for City, but is the interest still mutual?

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