Jonny Evans of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match against Newcastle United.
Josep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City, gives his team instructions during the Premier League match against Southampton.
Now the duo are ready to return for the Northern Ireland international, with Arsene Wenger viewing him as a long-term replacement for captain Per Mertesacker - who is retiring at the end of the season - and Guardiola still needing support at the back with John Stones currently out with a hamstring injury.
New West Brom manager Alan Pardew could be ready to sacrifice Evans for £30m in order to free up funds to make his own signings in the New Year as well.
Yet surely a move to the Etihad Stadium in particular would be tempting for the 29-year-old, especially as there is an extremely strong chance he would go straight into the starting XI?
John Stones of Manchester City receives medical treatment during the Premier League match against Leicester City.
When fit Stones is probably the first choice centre-back, but with Nicolas Otamendi having failed to truly impress since joining the Citizens in 2015 and skipper Vincent Kompany having his own fitness problems and showing a dip in form this term, Evans could more than likely line up alongside the England international.
Plus with his current side struggling in the lower reaches of the Premier League and having already sacked Tony Pulis in 2017/18, it would be difficult to deny the centre-back the chance to work under Guardiola and potentially add to his trophy haul in the latter stages of his career.