£20m enough for Arsenal to land top target - reports

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Arsenal have reportedly been told by Everton to double their initial offer for Phil Jagielka, if they are serious about signing the defender.

According to The Mirror, the Toffees want at least £20 million for Jagielka, with an offer around half of that having been received on Thursday.

It has been claimed that Arsenal offered £12 million for the 28-year-old last summer, so Everton are right to feel bemused by the Gunners deciding to drop their own valuation.

Whether or not Arsenal decide to return with an improved proposal for Jagielka remains to be seen, but reports on Monday suggested signing the centre-back was Arsene Wenger's top priority.

The Arsenal boss is desperate to bring a defender to the Emirates Stadium well accustomed to the intensity of the Barclays Premier League, with Jagielka one of the most consistent performers in his position in recent seasons.


However, Arsenal may be put off by the Everton's substantial valuation of the England international, and could turn their attentions elsewhere.

Gary Cahill has been linked with Arsenal for a number of months and, although priced at a hefty £17 million, is three years Jagielka's junior.

Wenger has previously stated his admiration for Cahill and could now, perhaps, focus on bringing the Bolton defender to Arsenal.

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