Manchester United have been surprisingly linked with former player Jonny Evans who’s on the payroll of fellow Premier League club Leicester City and was at the Theatre of Dreams for 11 years. According to the report from The Sun, the Red Devils want to re-sign the 32-year-old centre back after hisLeicester City contract ends at the end of this season. It was reported that Manchester United are ready to pounce on a free transfer next summer with the Foxes reluctant to offer the experienced player a new deal.
Jonny Evans joined Manchester United as a teenager in 2004 and he went on to make his first team debut two years later. The Northern Ireland player didn’t break into the Manchester United squad until the 2008/09 campaign after he had spent some time at clubs like Royal Antwerp FC of Belgium and English team Sunderland on loan. Jonny Evans was with the Manchester United first team for eight seasons before he left the club for West Brom in 2015. He scored seven times in 198 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions and his time at Old Trafford yielded three Premier League titles plus two League Cup titles.
The Irishman spent three years at West Brom before signing for his current team, Leicester City. Jonny Evans signed for Leicester City in a £3.5m deal in the summer of 2018.Evans has played some of his best football at Leicester City since signing for them two years ago and the three-year deal that he signed will expire next summer.
Manchester United are expected to spend some money onsome defensive signings next year and former player Jonny Evans is one of the players under consideration. Jonny Evans was part of the Leicester City team that finished in fifth spot on the Premier League standings last season.
One of the most surprising transfer news in the last 48 hours is the interest of Manchester United in Leicester City defender Jonny Evans. The Northern Ireland international was a former Manchester United player and reports claimed that the Red Devils want him to return to the club in the nearest future.
The Sun claimed that Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is interested in re-signing him. The possible signing of Jonny Evans won’t have been envisaged by the Manchester United supporters who have been linked with world class defensive options like Napoli star KalidouKoulibaly, RB Leipzig player DayotUpamecano in recent months.
From the point of view of Solskjaer and Manchester United, Jonny Evans could be available for free next summer and the signing of the 32-year-old represents a cheap option to sign defensive reinforcements in addition to the fact that he’s playing the best football of his club career with the Foxes. However, on the other side of things, Jonny Evans is ageing and won’t really give Manchester United more than two or three years of football at the highest level. In addition, the Manchester United fans would rather go for a new signing than opt for a player that really didn’t hit the heights during his Manchester United days.
Jonny Evans came through the youth teams at the Theatre of Dreams before making his first appearance for the club in 2006 having joined the Red Devils as a teenager two years earlier. The centre back didn’t become a regular part of the Manchester United first team until the 2008/09 season. Evans won a lot of trophies while he was a Manchester United player and has failed to win a single trophy since leaving the club for Midlands club West Brom in 2015 while Dutch tactician Louis Van Gaal was at the club.
During his time at Old Trafford, Jonny Evans won three league titles and two Capital One Cup trophies. He found the back of the net seven times in his 198 appearances for the club. Jonny Evans was a key player for the Baggies during his three-year stay at the Hawthorns and his departure was certainly felt as the Baggies spent just one more season before dropping out of the Premier League though they have since gained promotion to the league after one season in the second tier.
Jonny Evans left West Brom for Leicester City in 2018 and his contract with the Foxes will expire next summer. He’s a key player at Leicester City but his future at the club is unclear at the moment thus paving the way for Manchester United to sign him potentially at the end of his Leicester City contract.