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Manchester City have been the envy of most Premier League clubs throughout the summer transfer window.

Pep Guardiola has welcomed no less than seven signings into his squad thanks to a £220 million investment by his Qatari-backed employers.

Some have argued that City overpaid for many of their new stars as their Spanish boss attempts to build a side capable of dominating England and Europe.

Whether or not their summer activity has involved a couple of inflated price tags, it is difficult to argue with the level of talent now available to Guardiola.

Cost is almost irrelevant when Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva, Danilo and Ederson are the players in question.

But it seems Guardiola has not yet completed his squad overhaul for the 2017-18 season.

It should not come as surprise given the blue half of Manchester will not take kindly to another campaign of underachievement.

An FA Cup run simply will not cut it; they are expecting their club to reclaim the league title and progress deep into the Champions League knockout stages.

With that hanging over him in addition to the inherent pressure of spending more than £200 million, Guardiola is understandably eager to perfect his squad.

His ambition has prompted him to scour the market for any potential targets with two weeks left until the window closes.


Recent reports have linked City with West Brom defender Jonny Evans in what would be one of the more surprising deals of the summer should it materialise.

Guardiola could do with an extra centre-back on the books and regards the 29-year-old as a suitable option to pursue.

The Mirror claims City are attempting to persuade the Baggies with a £22 million bid after their initial offer of £18 million was rejected.


Speaking to the media on Friday, West Brom boss Tony Pulis has met the interest in his captain with a firm response.

"We've turned down an offer for Jonny. He'll have a late fitness test today. It's his hamstring.

"We don't want to sell Jonny and we don't need to sell him. It would have to be a very, very good offer.

"Jonny understands the situation and where everything is. Jonny is happy here and wants to get on with his football.

"Jonny is one of our best players. We all understand where we are.”

Pulis deserves praise for standing his ground against one of the wealthiest clubs in Europe but his resistance could be undermined if Evans eventually angles for a switch to the Eithad.

City are prepared to almost double his £75,000-a-week wages and can offer Champions League football as well as a genuine shot at the Premier League title.

The Northern Ireland international is a crucial figure at The Hawthorns but only time will tell if the lure of such incentives could prise him away.

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