EVERTON WANT £30 MILLION WELBECK
Premier League side Everton are sticking with the Arsenal team in their search for a new talisman. After losing striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United this summer, the Ronald Koeman side turned their focus on Olivier Giroud.
With Arsenal keen on retaining the Frenchman, Everton have reportedly turned the spotlight onto another Gunners forward - Danny Welbeck. Giroud wants regular game time ahead of the World Cup next year as he hopes to retain his spot in the France national team. He is watching to see if Wenger has him in his plans following the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette. If he senses that he might not get enough game time, then he might consider the move to Goodison Park or any other top side.
Koeman needs an experienced man to lead his attack next season after losing Lukaku. Though Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney have joined recently, the Dutchman wants a lethal weapon to finish off attacks. Welbeck has the pace and he is a goals’ poacher. He is expected to combine well with his former teammate in Rooney. Netbet currently have Welbeck as one of the favourites to move across to Goodison, especially with the Lukaku money burning a hole in Koeman's pocket - if you think they're right you can claim a £50 Bonus and make some money on the transfer too!
Welbeck is priced £30 million today and with the Thomas Lemar ankle in place, the Three Lions’ man might see Everton as a decent alternative. Wenger’s team has had three bids for Lemar rejected already with Manchester City and Liverpool reported to be interested in the young player. With Barcelona desperate to fill the voids left by Neymar, the Catalan giant are set to make a move for the player.
The 21-year old Lemar has fine qualities that are endearing him to the biggest sides in Europe. He is productive in the left wing and can boost any attack significantly. His employers Monaco want to keep him as they seek to retain the Ligue 1 title they claimed last year. With the loss of Bernando Silva and Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City and the transfer of Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea, if Lemar leaves, Monaco might be too weak to rival Paris St-Germain for titles.
If Arsenal get Lemar, which is proving to be a difficult move, then either of Welbeck or Theo Walcott would have to make space. With Welbeck missing many games of recent due to injuries, £30 million is enough to transfer the liabilities elsewhere.
For Walcott, there would be increased competition upfront meaning he would see more bench time. West Ham and Everton have been linked to the longest serving man at the Emirates Stadium but the England international insists on fighting for a shirt. At best, Walcott would serve as an option in small games or an impact substitute for failing starters.
On the other hand, if Lemar arrives, that might give Wenger enough options to sell Alexis Sanchez. Wenger has the backing of the board to force the player to see off his contract and then walk for free next year. The coach does not want to sell to a major rival Man City despite the player’s interest in moving there. Bayern Munich have been put off by the huge transfer cost and salary involved while PSG have cooled their interest after getting Neymar. Either way, tough decisions at the Emirates this summer.