According to talkSPORT, Everton are interested in signing Alex Iwobi before the transfer window closes on Thursday afternoon.
It’s said that the Toffees, who appear to be giving up their pursuit of Wilfried Zaha due to Crystal Palace’s demands (join the club!), could be willing to pay £30 million for the Nigerian midfielder.
The last time we saw Iwobi in an Arsenal shirt, he came off the bench in the Europa League to crash home a fantastic strike that briefly cut Chelsea’s lead.
Since then he’s been away on international duty where he helped his country to a third-place finish at the African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
BREAKING: Everton make £30million bid to sign attacker Alex Iwobi from Arsenal.
– talkSPORT sources understand.
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— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 7, 2019
Iwobi has been on the books at Arsenal since he was at primary school and signed a new five-year deal at the Emirates in July 2018.
Last season, the 23-year-old played 51 times for Arsenal scoring six goals and making nine assists.
There have been no suggestions that Unai Emery is unhappy with the player’s output – few players featured more last campaign – but at the same time with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil proving difficult to shift and Nicolas Pepe and Reiss Nelson ready to play wide roles, it’s not hard to see how he could be expendable. Also, £30 million would be very useful as we try and nail down defensive recruits.
We’re still pretty sceptical, mostly because this has come out of nowhere from a source that isn’t particularly reputable.
Update: We were wrong to be sceptical. Several sources are reporting that an initial bid of £30 million has been rejected by Arsenal. Everton are expected to up the ante in the coming hours.
As per others, Everton £30m bid for Alex Iwobi rejected. Made to Arsenal today & knocked back. Expected to return with improved offer but likely need £40m+ to be accepted. 23yo not agitating but would go if deal agreed. #EFC interest recent & is in addition to Wilfied Zaha #CPFC
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 7, 2019