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The ridiculous fee Manchester City must pay West Brom for Jonny Evans

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Pep Guardiola's Manchester City sent a message of warning to their Premier League rivals this summer with the £203.8 million they've spent so far in the summer transfer window.

Former Tottenham right-back, Kyle Walker, has proven to be the most expensive so far in the transfer window, costing £50 million. But City remain open to making more signings this window.

Guardiola has made it clear this summer is an exception and will not follow suit in years to come but, for now, remains open to the possibilities of making more additions.

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk remains a target for City after the Dutchman came close to a move to Liverpool earlier in the summer. 

However, the Etihad outfit are looking to bolster their quota of home-grown players - with a minimum of eight required in their 25-man squad.

Walker's arrival has aided the club but Guardiola is considering a shock, but smart move, for one player he believes would provide first-class cover in the centre-back positions.

Vincent Kompany has been plagued by injury during his career and the former Barcelona boss can't guarantee he will remain fit for the entirety of the season, leading the City boss to show an interest in Jonny Evans.

Why City want controversial move

It could be a controversial move which could see the Irishman leave West Brom for the Etihad, two years after leaving their cross-city rivals Manchester United after nine years at the club.

Guardiola wants City competing seriously in both the Premier League and Champions League this campaign, after an average debut season in English football.

And the arrival of Evans would help to provide experience and quality to an already star-studded squad.

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Speaking of Evans' potential departure for City, West Brom boss Tony Pulis admitted: “It would be crazy to say West Brom won’t sell if a huge amount of money is put in front of you.

“It would need to be a good offer. We’re not desperate for money. Jonny’s one of our best and we’d love him to stay.”

West Brom set Evans asking price

And according to The Times, the Midlands club will demand £30 million for the 29-year-old if they are to be tempted to sell the former United defender.

It's not yet clear whether City will withdraw from a deal, having already seen £15 million and £18 million bids rejected.

West Brom are under no pressure to sell, with Evans under contract for a further two years, while Guardiola is remaining calm about a deal for the Baggies player.

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“Jonny Evans is a player for West Brom. It’s still the same. Tony Pulis was clear so there’s nothing to talk about,” said Guardiola.

“We are going to see how the market finishes at the end of the window. If we have to stay with the players we have right now, we are happy. If someone comes in, we are happy too.”

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