According to journalist Pete O’Rourke, Arsenal has Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin “on their radar” for a summer transfer swoop.
Is Dominic Calvert-Lewin set to leave Everton?
Newcastle United were reported to be interested in signing Calvert-Lewin during the January transfer window, and it was made clear that they would be willing to wait until the summer if a deal could not be struck sooner.
The striker has been on Arsenal’s radar for quite some time, with reports claiming he was a target back in June 2021, when he would have been a replacement for Alexandre Lacazette, but a deal never materialized.
Last summer, Football Insider reported that the forward told his friends that he preferred moving to the Emirates Stadium over moving to Newcastle, and it would be surprising if this stance had changed now that the Gunners are top of the table.
O’Rourke raved about the 26-year-old’s various qualities in an interview with GiveMeSport, while also confirming that Mikel Arteta has been considering a move for some time.
“They like Dominic Calvert-Lewin; he’s been on their radar for a while,” the journalist said.
“Maybe not at the top of their list the last couple of seasons due to Calvert-Lewin’s injury issues, but we know what a handful he can be on his day.”
“He has everything a modern striker requires, and Arsenal may look to bring in a more physical number nine for next season.”
“Obviously, that would tick the boxes for cover because he can be that physical striker, very dominant in the air, and could occasionally play up front on his own.”
Should Arsenal pursue the signing of Dominic Calvert-Lewin?
Calvert-Lewin cannot be mentioned without mentioning his very concerning injury record, having missed 48 games for Everton since breaking into the first team, and those off-field issues may have had an impact.
In 11 Premier League games this season, the £100k-p/w marksman has failed to deliver, scoring only once and averaging just a 6.59 match rating from Sofascore, ranking him among the squad’s worst performers.
With Gabriel Jesus hitting the ground running since returning from injury, scoring three goals in his last three league games, there is no pressing need for Arsenal to bring in a new striker, and there are currently no indications that the Everton ace would be an upgrade on Arteta’s current options.