Arsenal to rival Manchester City in pursuit of WBA's Jonny Evans - sources
Arsenal are interested in West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans, but Manchester City remain favourites for his signature, sources have told ESPN FC.
Evans' future has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks with City and Leicester both having bids rejected by West Brom.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a confirmed admirer of Evans and weighed up a move for the defender last summer.
Wenger has entered the chase for Evans as Shkodran Mustafi looks set to leave before the close of the transfer window, with Inter Milan and Juventus chasing his signature.
Evans joined West Brom in the summer of 2015 from Manchester United and has quickly established himself as a key player at The Hawthorns.
West Brom are reluctant to lose Evans, who has been made captain this season, but they are aware that the player is interested in a move to a bigger club.
City are in the driving seat for Evans as the Northern Ireland international still lives in Manchester from his time at United.
Pep Guardiola is keen to bring in a new central defender before Thursday's deadline and Evans is his top target.
Sources have told ESPN FC that City's move for Evans could depend on City offloading Eliaquim Mangala, with the France defender possibly going to West Brom as part of the Evans deal.
Peter O'Rourke is ESPN FC's transfer news correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @SportsPeteO.