According to the Evening Standard, Everton are in pole position to sign Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck on a free transfer this summer.
Well, the England international is out of contract at the Emirates Stadium and the Gunners will not be renewing his deal; he was given a send off in the club’s last home game in the 1-1 draw with Brighton.
Welbeck hasn’t featured since November 8th after breaking his ankle in a Europa League tie against Sporting Lisbon, which was a shame given the form he was in before that incident – the former Manchester United striker had hit five goals before his injury.
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A number of other clubs are interested in signing the 28-year-old, such as Crystal Palace, West Ham, Newcastle and Wolves, but it is the Toffees who reportedly lead the race for his signature.
Everton’s Director of Football Marcel Brands said as recently as last month that: “The players we brought in last year were all under 25 so we don’t want to invest big money in players who are older.
“Everton is a club that also has to sell players so it is necessary to get younger players to invest in. That’s why we invested in young players last summer. [Lucas] Digne was 24, [Yerry] Mina 23, Richarlison 21; so we look to players in the age group 20-25/26.”
Those quotes came as part of an article from the Guardian, in which it was revealed that the £110,000-a-week flop Theo Walcott’s future at Goodison Park could be in doubt – the 30-year-old, formerly of Arsenal, was a woeful signing.
So, if that is the case, why are Everton reportedly willing to offer the 28-year-old Welbeck a contract worth more than the £100,000-a-week he is currently earning with Arsenal?
Brands has covered himself in glory with the shrewd captures of young talent such as Richarlison and Lucas Digne, both of whom are excellent performers, will only get better and will also only increase in value.
Welbeck, on the other hand, would represent the complete opposite of that transfer strategy.
He is closer to 30 than he is 25, and his availability comes with a lot of risk attached given his injury problems over the years prior to his ankle break.
This would be a foolish move for the Toffees and one that goes against what they are trying to achieve.
Welbeck is another Walcottesque disaster waiting to happen.