Arsene Wenger is lining up an audacious bid for Everton and England defender Phil Jagielka. The bid is believed to be in the region of £16m and would represent a major signing for the Gunners.
Though Wenger has been a fan of Jagielka for a long time, it is tough to see the bid succeeding. A £15m bid last summer was considered slightly derisory by Everton for a player who David Moyes has not only built his team around, but also developed into a reliable England international.
Were it not for the reputations and the dramas over England captaincy of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry, Jagielka would undoubtedly be a starter for England. Barring Nemanja Vidic, Jagielka has been the best Premiership centre-back in the league over the last few years.
The player is known to be very loyal, frequently talking to the media about his appreciation of both David Moyes and Neil Warnock for showing him such faith and molding him into the player he is today. So it is fair to say Arsene would have to make him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
But with England hopefuls and positional rivals Chris Smalling and Phil Jones now plying their trade with Manchester United, and with rumours rife that Bolton’s Gary Cahill will be heading for one of the big clubs too, Jagielka may play the long game and throw himself into the limelight, the title race and the Champions league to secure his England spot for years to come.
After injury unfairly cut short his bid to go to the World Cup last summer, Jagielka knows that time is of the essence and though he receives all the plaudits for his consistent performances for the Toffees, as an ambitious, intelligent individual, he will be only too aware of the need to progress at club level.
Everton fans would be loathe to see one of their best assets sold. Along with Tim Howard, Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, Evertonians see Jagielka as a lynchpin of the side and would only stomach a transfer fee of upwards of £25m.
Pinch-penny Wenger would almost certainly baulk at this price as Jagielka, 28, is approximately 10 years older than Arsene would like him, but some sort of compromise between this and his opening offer could see a deal go through.
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