£25m release clause triggered: Arsenal seal mega star deal

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Arsenal have been given the green light to sign Jonny Evans in a £25m deal this month after West Brom lined-up Ali Gabr as his replacement, according to the Mirror.

Arsene Wenger has been concentrating his efforts on reinforcing his attacking options with Henrikh Mkhitaryan arriving from Manchester United while Pierrer-Emerick Aubameyang is also being strongly linked.

However, it seems the boss is also looking to strengthen his options at the back as Per Mertesacker is due to retire in the summer while Laurent Koscielny has struggled with an Achilles injury over the last 18 months.

It means we need to add an experienced centre-back to the squad and reports in recent days have suggested Arsenal have now renewed their interest in signing Evans after failing to land him in the summer.

The 30-year-old has been one of the most consistent central defenders in the Premier League since joining West Brom from Man Utd in 2015 and he’s also attracted interest from Man City.

However, Pep Guardiola has reportedly turned his attention to Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte so Arsenal are now in pole position to sign the Northern Ireland international this month.

The Mirror claim we’ve now been given the go-ahead to push through a £25m deal as West Brom have decided to cash-in on Evans rather than risk seeing a £3m release clause activated in the summer if the Baggies are relegated.

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