Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette was on the verge of leaving the London club, and has been one of Arsenal’s most prominent attacking references in the past five seasons. Heading into the final year of his contract, the 30-year-old will not renew his contract and the English club’s board of directors are already looking for a replacement. And according to the information published by the English newspaper “The Sun”, the preferred name of coach Mikel Arteta is Dominic Calvert-Lewin, from Everton, on Tuesday (5th).
Despite the interest, Arsenal know that it will not be easy to sign the player, as Calvert Lewin has a valid contract with Everton until 2025, and besides, he is considered one of the key players in the team. Last season, the player was integrated as Harry Kane’s immediate reserve into the England national team, increasing his value and importance within European football.
British press speculation that Calvert Lewin is worth around €50 million (about R$316 million at current prices), which is much higher than what Everton paid to take him out of Sheffield in the 2016/17 season, when he cashed in €2.5 million (about R$15 million).
Consequently, Arsenal will have to make money before trying to invest in hiring Calvert-Lewin. The ideal option for the English club would be to try to negotiate the departure of Lacazette as early as 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, Arsenal have another player on their radar. Also based on information from the English newspaper “The Sun”, Arsenal is also monitoring the position of 25-year-old striker Ole Watkins, who is currently defending Aston Villa. The player has already played five games this season and scored one goal. The player was also present with the England national team and the contract with Arsenal will not be facilitated either.
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