Arsenal handed massive blow in their pursuit for former Man Utd star

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West Bromwich Albion centre-back Jonny Evans has reportedly set his hopes on a summer transfer to Manchester City, despite interest from Arsenal.

The Northern Ireland international was wanted by both sides in the mid-season transfer window, only for his asking fee to prove too steep.

With West Brom destined for the drop in the coming weeks, though, Evans is believed to have a release clause of just £3m included in his contract.

As reported by <em>The Mirror</em>, the centre-back wants a move to Man City over Arsenal as he is still based in the North-West and does not want to leave.

The same story suggests that Evans has an earlier rejected salary of £100,000 a week to continue his Albion deal, which is due to end next term.

Meanwhile, Nice manager Lucien Favre has reportedly developed as a shock contender for the Arsenal job.

With the North Londoners now only sitting in sixth place in the Premier League standings, the future of Arsene Wenger stays in doubt, and several high-profile names have been linked with the top spot at the Emirates Stadium.

But, as reported by the L’Equipe, Arsenal hold an interest in Favre, who is currently approaching the end of his second term at the Ligue 1 outfit.

The French side are only in the seventh spot in the standings however during the last season, Favre led the club to third place, which secured a spot in Europe.

Favre has earlier held positions at Hertha Berlin and Borussia Monchengladbach, where he aided the development of current Arsenal star Granit Xhaka.

The 60-year-old still has just over one year left on his deal at Allianz Riviera.