Arsenal have been urged to sign Dominic Calvert-Lewin from Everton and complete a transfer which would be “brilliant” for both parties by former England international John Barnes.
The Gunners were linked with Calvert-Lewin, 24, over the summer after his impressive 16-goal Premier League term last season.
The Three Lions star, a member of Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad, started the current campaign in blistering form with three goals in three matches before a broken toe ruled him out for many months.
Now closing in on a return to fitness and with the January transfer window fast approaching, Calvert-Lewin is back on the radars of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu.
Barnes, who scored 106 goals for Liverpool, has been impressed by Calvert-Lewin’s consistency – and he believes Everton should have no qualms about selling up for the right price.
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“Arsenal have been linked with Dominic Calvert-Lewin which would be a good signing for them,” Barnes told Bonus Code Bets .
“He’s young, English, shows good commitment and effort, but he is currently an Everton player and right now, he won’t want to leave there.
“The Everton fans love him, he’s doing well there, and he needs to show that level of consistency for club and country before he can think about moving to one of the bigger clubs.
“Realistically, he hasn’t done a lot for Everton to even talk about him warranting a move.
“However, if he was to go to Arsenal, it would be a brilliant signing for both parties, especially Arsenal.”
The Gunners’ links with Calvert-Lewin come at a time of great uncertainty surrounding Arteta’s current crop of strikers.
The Arsenal manager stripped veteran frontman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 32, of the captaincy in mid-December after another disciplinary breach.
Aubameyang’s days at the Emirates appear to be numbered and he is heavily-linked with a move to Barcelona in the January window.
In the Gabonese’s absence, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah have shined in the No.9 role.
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Ahead of Boxing Day’s clash with Norwich, Frenchman Lacazette, 30, had three goals or assists in three games while Englishman Nketiah, 22, scored a hat-trick against Sunderland in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.
However, the two strikers are out of contract at the end of the season and neither appear willing to sign an extension with Arsenal.
This means Arteta and Edu will need to recruit at least one striker, and arguably multiple forwards, either in the January window or next summer.
Among Arsenal’s other reported targets are Lille’s Jonathan David, Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic and Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri.