As if Everton weren’t already having a nightmare season in the Premier League without speculation mounting on the future of their players, and now a fresh update on Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s future has been revealed.
Football Insider has reported that a recruitment source has revealed that the Toffees striker will leave this summer whether the club stays up in the Premier League or not.
The source also confirmed that Calvert-Lewin has told friends that Arsenal is his preferred choice of club after being linked with a move to the Emirates and St James’ Park this summer.
There is no doubt that Everton fans will be fuming with the news on top of all the turmoil they are currently experiencing with their beloved club potentially set for their first-ever Premier League relegation this season.
The England international has had a less than a satisfactory season at Goodison Park, plagued with injuries throughout the campaign and has failed to tally up a single goal since last August when he scored against Brighton, making just 14 appearances scoring three goals and contributing which has played a part in Everton’s vulnerability in keeping their top-flight status.
Since returning from a quad and fractured toe injury Calvert-Lewin has struggled to stay fit and has now been sidelined again over the last two league games with another quad injury, but Frank Lampard has confirmed he’ll possibly return against Chelsea this weekend.
The amount of disruption Calvert-Lewin’s departure could have on the team is unfathomable at this point of the season, but when the side’s fate has been sealed this summer depending on whether they can succeed in their relegation battle, selling the striker could be the best option for the Toffees.
Despite being a clear fan favourite, Everton reportedly need to recoup money for financial losses if Lampard is to have any chance of rebuilding the squad with a healthy transfer budget in the upcoming window and if they can get a good price for Calvert-Lewin it could be a good opportunity for Everton to wipe the slate clean and start again by building an improved attacking force for next season.
Ultimately, Lampard and his team must focus on securing Premier League football next season in their last six games of the season, putting transfer dealings on the back burner until they have confirmed the position they will be in next season.