£3.5million was such a bargain for Jonny Evans that everyone seemed to forget just how much he struggled as West Bromwich Albion finished bottom of the Premier League last season.
Leicester City have now won the race for the Northern Ireland defender, who was available for around ten percent of his market value thanks to a relegation clause in his Baggies’ contract.
But while Leicester fans are toasting one of the best deals the Premier League will see this summer, fans of rival clubs are wondering why they did not go all out to sign Evans for a pocket change fee.
Questions surely have to be asked of both Newcastle United and Everton, who are in the market for centre-halves this summer.
The Mirror stated back in April that Newcastle are keen to sign the former Premier League champion, and Evans would have been a fine addition to a back line already containing the ever-improving partnership of Florian Lejuene and Jamaal Lascelles.
The Mirror also claimed that Everton were preparing a summer bid for the 30-year-old, with the centre of defence arguably the weakest area of the Toffees’ unbalanced squad. Instead, Everton seem to be looking at far more expensive options, which appeared to have left Leicester free to strike what could be a brilliant deal.
Can't believe more clubs especially (nufc) weren't in for Evans at that price man, absolute bargain for a defender of his quality!— Dayle (@DayleBarron) June 6, 2018
And newcastle are fast asleep— Dave Field (@DavidFi96207518) June 6, 2018
Really don’t understand how Leicester are the only club to have activated Jonny Evans £3m release clause. £3m for someone of Evans calibre is a no brainier for 15/16 of the premier league teams, that doesn’t even get you a League One player these days #NUFC #WBA #LCFC— Callum James Diegan (@cal489) June 6, 2018
Have we missed a trick in Jonny Evans?? City and arsenal wanted last year still only 30 and 3.5m in today transfer market is nothing— john howlett.EFC (@johnhowlett4) June 8, 2018
I'd be all over Johnny Evans for £3million too.— Paul EFC 86 (@PaulEFC86) June 7, 2018
Leicester getting a bargain with jonny evans imo, would took him at Everton would have been decent addition to the squad and can cover left back— carsie efc (@carsietc) June 6, 2018