One of Arsenal’s main offensive references over the past five seasons, Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette is close to leaving the London club. Entering the final year of his contract, the 30-year-old will not renew his contract and the English club’s board is already looking for a replacement. According to information published by the English newspaper “The Sun”, this Tuesday (5th) coach Mikel Arteta’s favorite name is Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who is from Everton.
Despite the interest, Arsenal know that signing the player will not be easy, as Calvert-Lewin has a contract with Everton valid until 2025 and, moreover, is considered one of the main players in the team. In the previous season, the player was consolidated into the England squad as an immediate reserve of Harry Kane, increasing his value and importance within European football.
UK press speculation that Calvert-Lewin is worth around €50 million (approximately R$316 million at current prices), much higher than what Everton paid to pull out of Sheffield in the 2016 season/17, When it distributed 2.5 million euros (approximately R$15 million).
Thus, Arsenal will have to make money before trying to invest in the hiring of Calvert-Lewin. The ideal would be for the English club to attempt to negotiate a departure from Lacazette in early January, so as not to risk losing him for free later. Despite this, coach Mikel Arteta should not allow the Frenchman to leave if he does not have a replacement immediately.
Besides Calvert-Lewin, there is another player on Arsenal’s radar. Based on information from the English newspaper “The Sun”, the Gunners are also monitoring the condition of 25-year-old striker Olly Watkins, who currently defends Aston Villa. The player has already played five matches this season and scored one goal. The player is also participating in the English national team and will not be hired by Arsenal.