Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Jonny Evans signing as club eyes free transfer
Manchester United are plotting a surprising move to sign Jonny Evans at the end of the season in a cheap fix to their defensive woes, according to reports.
Evans could end up sparking a transfer battle at the end of the season.
The centre-back, 32, is in the final year of his contract and is yet to agree an extension.
He has reportedly indicated to the club that he would be happy to sign a new deal and effectively see out the rest of his career at the King Power Stadium.
He has been linked with various moves away in the past, with Arsenal reportedly interested at multiple points in time before Mikel Arteta came to the club.
Evans has emerged as one of the best centre-backs in England, and has stepped into the role left by Harry Maguire following his record transfer to United.
But now, it has been claimed that Evans could follow Maguire to Old Trafford.
The Sun reports that United officials have discussed the potential of making a move to re-sign the 32-year-old at the end of the season.
They are said to be watching his contractual situation closely, and could be tempted to make a move provided he doesn’t sign an extension.
United have struggled defensively this season – as was evidenced in their 6-1 mauling at the hands of Tottenham earlier in the campaign.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still working to find his ideal line-up, and his job has been made even tougher by injuries.
Eric Bailly has only played twice this season, and Victor Lindelof tweaked his back earlier in the campaign.
And Maguire was dropped against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League due to fatigue issues.
Solskjaer in particular – along with his assistant Mike Phelan – is said to be a big fan of Evans and has fond memories of his time at United.
Evans came through the academy before playing more than 100 times for the Red Devils, and Solskjaer will be hoping he fancies a return to see out the rest of his career.
Speaking last month, Evans insisted he wanted to stay at Leicester but was yet to engage in contract talks.
He said: I have really enjoyed my time here.
“There’s been nothing formal in terms of contract talks but if we can come to an agreement I’m sure it won’t be a problem and it will be sorted soon.”