Arsenal ‘love and love’ Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin for ‘many years’, says Daily Star reporter Paul Brown.
The Gunners are believed to be in the hunt for a new goalscorer ahead of next season, with doubts lingering over the future of their current options in the final third of the pitch.
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Manager Mikel Arteta has taken the bold step of allowing former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave the club in January following a disciplinary issue.
The Gabon international left for Barcelona on a free transfer after returning late to north London from a trip abroad, leaving Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah as Arsenal’s only senior options up front.
However, with Lacazette and Nketiah set to become free agents when their contracts expire in a few months, the capital club could find themselves seriously out of options in the forward positions.
And according to a recent report in The Sun, Arsenal are on ‘red alert’ as Everton have made it clear they are ready to cash in on Calvert-Lewin this summer.
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The Toffees suffered another big loss and it is believed they have decided to cash in on their prized asset in order to ease the financial pressure on the club.
Arsenal could face fierce competition for the signing of Calvert-Lewin as Premier League rivals West Ham are also said to be keen despite being put off by his £60m winter price tag.
What did Brown say about Calvert-Lewin?
Transfer insider Dean Jones has previously told GiveMeSport that Arsenal’s signing of Everton ace Richarlison “could actually happen”, but Brown believes a Calvert-Lewin transfer is more likely.
He told GMS: “I know for a fact that Arsenal have loved and loved Calvert-Lewin for several years, even before he scored regularly in the Premier League.
“So if I had to guess, I’m pretty sure they’ll do a bigger push for Calvert-Lewin than they will for Richarlison this summer.”
Would Calvert-Lewin be a good recruit?
It’s been a tough season for Calvert-Lewin. After scoring just one goal in each of Everton’s opening three league games, the 6ft2 ace has failed to find the back of the net for 28 years.and August.
Nonetheless, his previous exploits indicate he would be an extremely shrewd acquisition for Arsenal.
Throughout 2019/20 and 2020/21, Calvert-Lewin has registered 36 goals and six assists in 80 appearances in all competitions, demonstrating his ability to become a valuable addition to Arteta’s ranks.
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