Arsenal weighing up surprise summer swoop for Dominic Calvert-Lewin: report

Arsenal rumoured transfer target Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton, pictured during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St. James' Park on October 19, 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.
(Image credit: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal are reportedly considering a shock summer move for Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Barring an unfathomably disastrous end to the season, the Gunners will be back in the Champions League next season – so it rather goes without saying that they will be looking to further bolster their attacking options.

And, according to Football Insider, the Premier League leaders are monitoring Calvert-Lewin with a view to signing him at a knockdown price if Everton are relegated.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton celebrates his team's goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on February 4, 2023 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Calvert-Lewin was on the winning side for Everton against Arsenal earlier this year (Image credit: Emma Simpson – Everton FC via Getty Images)

Calvert-Lewin has endured a horrible time with injuries of late, featuring just 12 times this season – and not at all since the Toffees' 1-0 win over Arsenal two months ago – but Mikel Arteta is said to be an admirer of the 26-year-old.

Arsenal are thought to be on the hunt for a robust centre-forward option and, when fully fit and firing, Calvert-Lewin ought to fit that bill ideally.

While his injury struggles have meant he's found the net just six times since the start of the 2021/22 campaign, Calvert-Lewin has clearly demonstrated what a big goal threat he can be.

In 2020/21, the former Sheffield United man enjoyed the best season of his career, scoring 21 goals in all competitions and making his major tournament debut with England at Euro 2020.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin of England looks on during the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying match between England and San Marino at Wembley Stadium on March 25, 2021 in London, United Kingdom.

Calvert-Lewin has won 11 caps for England, although the last of those came back in 2021 (Image credit: Visionhaus/Getty Images)

If Arsenal can get that Calvert-Lewin at a bargain price – Transfermarkt currently valued him at around £22m, but Everton may well have to accept less for one of their star players if they go down – it could be a very shrewd bit of business.

But his injury record cannot be overlooked – and the fact is, Calvert-Lewin has been sidelined for 30 games in the last two seasons alone.

Ultimately, there are likely to be better options out there for Arsenal – they continue to be linked with Juventus' Dusan Vlahovic – especially as they're all but certain to be able to offer the opportunity of Champions League football.

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Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, sparking rumours that the Gunners could have to fight to keep their No.9. Manager Mikel Arteta has identified nine players who could leave this summer – while Atalanta hotshot Rasmus Hojlund is a target in attack, along with Leeds starlet Wilfried Gnonto.

Elsewhere, Gabri Veiga has been rumoured to be on Arsenal's radar, as has AC Milan star Brahim Diaz. Declan Rice is thought to be this summer's big target, with Oleksandr Zinchenko sharing a word with him when Ukraine played England, setting tongues wagging. 

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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...