Newcastle United are reportedly ready to rival Arsenal in the pursuit of Everton’s top striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
According to the print edition of Daily Mirror (h/t The Boot Room), Newcastle United are hoping to take on Arsenal in the race to sign Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The two clubs are in contention to sign the Everton frontman, with both launching enquiries and exploring the possibility of a summer swoop.
Arsenal have been monitoring the situation of Calvert-Lewin for quite some time now. But it appears Newcastle United are keen on making a late push to get ahead of the Gunners in the race. They have already made contact with Everton, with many expecting Calvert-Lewin to become one of the club’s top targets in the summer transfer window.
Formerly of Sheffield United, the Englishman has been Everton’s main striker for the past few years. Calvert-Lewin was even one of Premier League’s best performers last term, racking up 16 league goals. But his progress has since been marred by injuries, with the striker only scoring three goals this season, in 13 league appearances.
Despite his struggles with injury, though, Calvert-Lewin is considered to be a proven talent, who has what it takes to lead the line for a top-tier Premier League outfit.
That is where Arsenal come into the fray, with the Gunners currently in the market for a new number nine. The north London giants parted ways with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January while Alexandre Lacazette is set to depart at the end of the season, amid interest from Barcelona and former club Lyon.
Newcastle United, meanwhile, are hoping to upgrade the goalscoring department as their January signing Chris Wood has not been able to offer the productivity upfront. The Magpies are mainly targeting a move for Reims frontman Hugo Ekitike, but signing the youngster could be tricky due to interest from a slew of other clubs.
Someone like Calvert-Lewin, therefore, could prove to be a useful alternative. The Englishman has considerable experience in the Premier League and should require no time to settle in at either Arsenal or Newcastle United. With both the clubs making contact to explore the possibility of a signing, things could pick up speed in the coming weeks.
With the World Cup just around the corner, we can expect the 25-year-old to play to his full potential, as he looks to get ahead of Tammy Abraham in the pecking order. Everton, though, will be keen on keeping hold of their prized asset and are set to demand a sizable fee this summer, with some reports projecting a value of around £50 million.