Everton have told Arsenal they’ll need to double their offer for Phil Jagielka if they are to land the defender BBC Sport understands.
The Gunners had a £10 million bid for the defender rejected yesterday as manager Arsene Wenger continues his summer search for a partner worthy of lining up alongside Thomas Vermaelen next season.
Wenger has been chasing for the 28-year-old for two seasons and Everton will settle for nothing less than £20 million.
Arsenal bid £12 million last summer and their latest bid has fortified the Toffee’s resolve to keep the player.
Signed from Sheffield United for £4 million in 2007 Jagielka’s superb form and commanding performances have turned him into an England regular during his time at Goodison Park.
However boss David Moyes is keen to strengthen his squad this summer and selling his star player could be the only option.
With a sell before you buy policy at Goodison Park there is a quiet acceptance that Jagielka may have to leave.
It’s not up to Wenger who must decide whether they are going to increase their offer or focus on other targets as the pressure grows on him to add to his backline.
Bolton‘s Gary Cahill still remains in the Frenchman’s crosshairs with a £17 million move being touted whilst Blackburn’s Christopher Samba and Birmingham’s Scott Dann have also been linked.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!