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Arsenal report: Gunners receive huge boost as key attacking target ready to leave current club

Dominic Calvert-Lewin
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Arsenal have received a boost in their pursuit of Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, according to reports.

The Gunners are expected to bolster their attacking options when the transfer market opens next month.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang departed the Emirates Stadium in January, joining Barcelona (opens in new tab) on a free.

Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are both out of contract this summer, so Arsenal (opens in new tab) could be without a senior striker in a few weeks' time.

Manchester City (opens in new tab)'s Gabriel Jesus is thought to be the club's top target, but the Premier League leaders are reportedly holding out for £55m for the Brazil international.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

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Calvert-Lewin has emerged as an alternative option for Mikel Arteta's side, who are ready to splash the cash (opens in new tab) even if they fail to qualify for the Champions League on Sunday.

According to Football Insider (opens in new tab), the Everton (opens in new tab) frontman expects to seek pastures new this summer.

The Toffees secured Premier League survival with a 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace (opens in new tab) on Thursday, with Calvert-Lewin notching the winning goal in the 85th minute.

But the England international is still looking to leave Goodison Park ahead of next term.

Calvert-Lewin is under contract until 2025, though, and Everton will not want to lose one of their prized assets as they look to kick on under Frank Lampard.

Mikel Arteta

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Arsenal are not the only club interested in the former Sheffield United man, with Newcastle (opens in new tab) also keeping tabs on the situation.

The Magpies spent more money than any other Premier League side in January, and they are expected to be active in this summer's market too.

The aforementioned report states that Calvert-Lewin's preferred destination is the Emirates Stadium, with Arsenal set to be involved in European competition next term.

Arteta's side are two points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham (opens in new tab) heading into the final day.

To finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League, Arsenal must beat Everton at the Emirates and hope that Spurs lose to Norwich (opens in new tab).

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Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).