The Dominic Calvert-Lewin to Arsenal transfer rumours have resurfaced.
In October, reports claimed that the Gunners had identified Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins, as well as the Everton striker, as potential replacements for Alexandre Lacazette, who is expected to depart when his contract expires next June.
And now our colleagues at the Mirror have reported that Arsenal could make a move for Calvert-Lewin in the summer transfer window.
Furthermore, the report states that whilst Rafa Benitez will fight to keep important players at the club, he concedes that selling to raise funds at the right time is key to any success the Toffees plan to have in the future.
With that said, the north London outfit will most likely have to break the bank if they’re to reach an agreement with Everton for their star striker.
This is because Calvert-Lewin still has around three and a half years remaining on his contract after he signed an extension at Goodison Park as recently as March 2020, so the Toffees are in a decent negotiating position.
However, not only would Arsenal need to stump up the cash to tempt Everton into a sale, but they would also have to make sure they’re in a position to meet the 24-year-old’s ambitions.
Whilst the striker has previously said that he is happy on Merseyside, he did admit that he has the ambition to one day play in the Champions League and win major trophies.
“I am happy at Everton,” he told L’Equipe. “I worked hard to become No.9 at this club and score goals like I did recently. Personally, I have the ambition to one day play in the Champions League and win titles.
“But for now, I’m happy at Everton.”
It won’t be lost on Gunners supporters that Arteta’s side are not playing Champions League football this season, in fact for the first time in over two decades, they’re not in any European competition.
But with Arsenal currently one point and one place outside the top-four in the Premier League, if they can leapfrog West Ham United, whilst also keeping Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at bay come May, it could improve their chances of signing Calvert-Lewin.
It’s clear the 24-year-old’s ambition is to play in European football’s elite club competition, so that may act as an incentive to Edu to ensure the Gunners are a Champions League club once again before too long.