Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has admitted that the club have made a bid for Everton star Phil Jagielka, though it wasn’t enough to turn the England defender’s head.
"We have made a bid for him but they didn't think it was enough," Hill-Wood said. "It is very busy but nothing is actually happening.
"We are trying to buy a few players but it isn't going to happen overnight."
Arsenal have long been connected to Jagielka, and with Arsene Wenger looking to build on the defensive area of the side, the manager was said to have made Jagielka one of his top priority signings this summer.
But Arsenal were only willing to bid £10 million for Jagielka, while Everton reportedly are hoping for £17 million, according to Sky Sports.
Juan Mata is also high on Arsenal’s transfer wishlist, and should Cesc Fabregas not be sold this summer, Wenger will no doubt be careful with his funds in regards to players he considers to be overvalued. And the Gunners manager has never been known to buy English players who he feels are not worth their transfer money.