Arsenal appeared ready to battle Newcastle in the summer transfer window for the signing of a key striker. However, the upcoming Magpies signing gives the Gunners a clear path to signing Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
According to French news outlet RMC Sport, Reims have accepted an offer from Newcastle United worth €45m including bonuses for 19-year-old striker Hugo Ekitike. The player has apparently agreed a five-year contract with the Toon.
This comes after the Mirror reported that Newcastle were making a bid for Everton striker Calvert-Lewin, with Manchester United and Arsenal also expressing interest.
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It seems like Nketiah will be staying at the club in the near future. According to the Daily Mail , The Hale End Academy graduate signs a new contract that will take him well beyond this summer. The report claims the details included a five-year deal that would see him at the club until 2027 on a salary of £100,000 a week. There’s also a £5m bonus to be paid as part of the deal, potentially saving the Gunners millions if they sign another striker.
Although Nketiah remains at the club, the Gunners are yet to sign another forward at the club with Alexandre Lacazette on the way out. And with Folarin Balogun’s future yet to be confirmed, it means there could be just one left for Arsenal.
Calvert-Lewin, however, is a player who has been touted to help stem Arsenal’s striker shortage. With Newcastle seemingly deciding against signing him, the Gunners now have one less competitor to secure his services.
Edu can try to use the transfer market to unlock a new attacking style that will improve Arteta’s team in the last third if they can sign a forward with an air presence. Calvert-Lewin would be the perfect signing to fill that gap as he has the requisite size and aerial dominance alongside Premier League experience. He has scored 44 Premier League goals in his career so far, including 19 with a header.
Calvert-Lewin was a good transfer option early in the season. However, this campaign has proved that Arsenal are better off focusing elsewhere after the striker has suffered numerous injury woes, which has been a constant concern for Arteta’s squad this season.
He’s been priced at £60million and that price is likely to remain after the Toffees confirmed their Premier League status ahead of next season, which could certainly be seen as an overstatement. Still, there’s every chance Arsenal could finalize a transfer after Newcastle’s likely sacking in the fight for his transfer.