Everton are reportedly ready to offload striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the summer if they can get a good price from suitors.
According to The Sun, Everton could be ready to offload Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the summer as they seek to generate funds to balance their books and begin a squad rebuild. Arsenal and West Ham United have been linked with a move for the 25-year-old English international and have received a boost as a result.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has failed to replicate his form of last season, as there has been a clear dip this term. After starting the campaign strongly, the English international suffered a toe injury that kept him out of many matches.
Incidentally, his absence coincided with a terrible period for Everton, which has taken the Merseysiders near the relegation zone. The sacking of Rafael Benitez and the subsequent arrival of Frank Lampard has so far failed to boost their results, although there is still hope of survival.
In addition to their performances, Everton have faced financial struggles as they have failed to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, which has tied their hands when it comes to the recruitment business. One way to ease the money troubles might be through selling key players.
A few players in the team could fetch a considerable sum in the next window. One of those is Calvert-Lewin, as many top Premier League clubs, including Arsenal and West Ham United, are keen on his signature.
Arsenal have been mentioned multiple times in link with Calvert-Lewin in the last twelve months, and with the Gunners set to enter the summer looking at top-quality strikers, the 25-year-old becomes a key target. The north London side could see their remaining two senior strikers, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah leave this summer on free transfers.
There is still hope that Lacazette could remain at the club, but that will have no impact on Arsenal’s need for a new centre-forward in the summer. There are names such as Darwin Nunez linked with a move to Arsenal, with Mikel Arteta keeping his options open.
Calvert-Lewin has the qualities to succeed in north London and possesses the style to fit right in Arsenal’s forward line. The Everton man remains on the Gunners’ shortlist. However, Arteta might take a final decision after further evaluation, and the idea of the Toffees willing to sell might come as a boost.
West Ham United, who may look at Calvert-Lewin to solve their striker problem, are also keen on signing a striker in the summer. Currently, the only striker at David Moyes’s disposal is Michail Antonio, who seems tired after playing in every competition for the Hammers. The Jamaican international may not have it in him to go through another season as West Ham’s lone frontman.
David Moyes had been initially keen on bringing in a deputy for Antonio, although that plan might now change to signing a bonafide starter. Calvert-Lewin certainly has been a player of interest for West Ham, who have submitted enquiries for the 25-year-old English international in recent windows.
His £60 million price tag might have been a problem for West Ham, which could still be the stumbling block both for them and Arsenal. However, if these clubs can agree on a reasonable fee with the Toffees, a move could certainly be on the cards for Calvert-Lewin in the summer window.