English Premier League (EPL) club Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger is desperate to add a center-back before the summer transfer window closes. They are eyeing Manchester United stopper, Phil Jones, who has been heavily tipped to leave Old Trafford.
The summer transfer window of the new season is set to close next Wednesday and Wenger is considering all available options to find a suitable center-back for his team to cover the injuries of Per Mertesacker and Gabriel. Phil Jones is one of the options which the Frenchman wants to consider as the defender has fallen below the pecking order at United, as reported by Sam Wallace of the Daily Telegraph.
However, United manager Jose Mourinho want Jones to stay at the club as he sees a future for the Englishman at Old Trafford. The Red Devils have already rebuffed interest from the likes of Stoke City, Hull City and Watford and is believed that they will decline Arsenal’s request in the player.
Jones is reportedly valued at $33 million by United and Arsenal have to submit a bid in the same region for the Red Devils to consider. Mourinho is currently looking to strengthen his defense by bringing in the likes of Jose Fonte and Fabinho. For this, the Portuguese needs to sell a few players and Jones’ sale would allow that, as reported by Simon Jones of Mail Online.
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Manchester United signed Jones from Blackburn Rovers in 2011 after the player showed promise in the Premier League. The Red Devils triumphed over Arsenal and Liverpool to capture the player.
However, Jones did not develop into the player United hoped to be. The 24-year-old has spent most of his time on the treatment table during his spell at Old Trafford. His injury struggles has been the major reason behind his lack of development.
It is believed that if a lucrative offer comes in for the player, Mourinho might be tempted to let the player go in search for better alternatives in the transfer market.