Arsenal have been told they must improve their offer of £10 million for Everton’s Phil Jagielka if they are to prize the talented defender away from Merseyside.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a fan of Jagielka and attempted to bring the England international to the Emirates last summer, but was foiled in his attempts after Everton boss David Maoyes managed to persuade him to stay with Everton.
Now Moyes is faced with the prospect of another summer with no money to spend in the transfer market unless he sells, and the Scot is acutely aware that a bid upwards of £20 would represent good value for the rugged defender while allowing him to improve his squad elsewhere.
Arsenal have been in the market for a new centre back all summer after their defensive frailties were exposed during crucial games last season but have been so far thwarted as Blackburn’s Phil Jones opted to join league rival’s Manchester United.
Earlier this week Wenger was given assurances that he would have funds made available to him to improve his squad during the transfer window, and the Arsenal faithful will be keen to see whether the Frenchman baulks at Everton’s valuation of Jagielka or pushes forward with the deal.
If a deal for the 28-year-old cannot be reached, Wenger is said to be interested in securing the services of Bolton’s Gary Cahill – although, once again, whether he will be willing to pay a premium price for British talent that has become the norm this summer remains to be seen, while a move for Blackburn’s Christopher Samba also remains a possibility.
Wenger is being urged by fans to act as the club enters its 7th season without silverware, and the pressure is on to end the drought that has seen some fans question whether it is time for Wenger to move on.