Arsenal and Leicester City set to lock horns over the transfer of top-class defender

Leicester City have reportedly emerged as front-runners to finalise the transfer of West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans.

Since the start of 2018, it has well reveled that Evans’s contract holds a relegation release clause of £3m, which is likely to be activated before the end of the campaign.

Many Premier League sides have been linked with the Northern Ireland international, including Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and West Ham United.

But, as reported by The Sun, Leicester are now considered to be the favourites to seal a deal for the experienced centre-half before the start of the next season.

The Foxes are likely to reshape their squad during the summer, and bringing in a long-term partner for Harry Maguire is said to be on the club’s list of preferences.

Meanwhile, According to a recent report in The Sun, Liverpool and Arsenal could be interested in signing John Stones from Manchester City in the summer transfer window.

It was reported by the British tabloid that the Citizens were willing to sell the former Everton centre-back and that Premier League rivals Liverpool and Arsenal could be interested in the 23-year-old.

City manager Pep Guardiola, though, has stated that he is not going to sell Stones, who earns £100,000 per week as salary and cost the Citizens £47.5 million in transfer fees when they signed him from Everton in the summer of 2016, according to The Sun.

Guardiola told The Manchester Evening News: “John is not going to move. I don’t know how long I will be here in Manchester, but as long as I’m here, John Stones will be with us.

Given the obvious talent and quality that Stones has, it is hard to envisage City selling him in the summer transfer window after just two seasons.

Of course, everything is possible in football, but Guardiola’s comments do make it clear that the England international centre-back is part of his plans for the future.

Both Liverpool and Arsenal could do with a new centre-back next season, and the comments from the former Barcelona head coach on Stones will come as a blow to them.

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