Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits he was priced out of a move for West Brom defender Jonny Evans

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PEP GUARDIOLA has revealed Manchester City were priced out of a move for Jonny Evans.

The Citizens were desperate to bring the Northern Ireland star to the club during the summer transfer window.

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Pep Guardiola has admitted Manchester City were priced out of a move for Jonny Evans

The Citizens boss has claimed the defender was too expensive and they could not afford him

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The Citizens boss has claimed the defender was too expensive and they could not afford him

But West Brom stood firm and refused to do business for any less than £35million.

City tabled several offers for the 29-year-old but failed to match the valuation of the Baggies.

And their boss Guardiola has admitted he missed out on the former Manchester United man due to finances.

The ex-Barcelona chief said: “My colleague Tony Pulis put a price that we couldn’t afford at that moment.

“I don’t know about the summer or next season but now he’s a player for West Brom.

“We will survive. In the end we spent money, we sold players.

The Northern Ireland star looked set to return to Manchester

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The Northern Ireland star looked set to return to Manchester

The experienced stopper had previously come through the ranks at rivals Manchester United

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The experienced stopper had previously come through the ranks at rivals Manchester United


“We bought five players who cost around £35m each. It’s not a big issue because we sold a lot.

“We’ve got money to invest again. I’m happy with the squad and we’ll move forward with that.”

Despite his interest in Evans, Guardiola does still have four centre-backs at his disposal.

Guardiola admits his side could not afford to sign Evans last month

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Guardiola admits his side could not afford to sign Evans last month

West Brom refused to budge on their £35m valuation

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West Brom refused to budge on their £35m valuation

City are expected to make another move for the ace in the January window

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City are expected to make another move for the ace in the January window

But one man equally frustrated at the failure to land the West Brom centre-half is Eliaquim Mangala.

The French international wanted out of the Etihad after being deemed surplus to requirements.

After spending last season on loan at Valencia, the 26-year-old looked set to join either Crystal Palace or Inter Milan.

But City kept hold of the ace as cover after being unable to bring in Evans as a replacement.

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