By Noel Whelan

8th Oct, 2021 | 8:00pm

Pundit can't believe Calvert-Lewin could quit Everton for Arsenal amid £50m-plus report

Noel Whelan has urged Everton to keep “integral” striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin at the club amid reported interest from Arsenal.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Toffees would face a backlash from supporters if the 24-year-old were to be sold.

As reported by the Sun on Wednesday (October 6th), Calvert-Lewin is a target for Arsenal, with the striker valued at £50million-plus for the forward.

The former Sheffield United hitman is contracted until 2025 having signed a new deal last year.

The newspaper’s report claims his contract is worth £75,000 a week.

Whelan insisted Everton will be “very reluctant” to sell the striker as he believes Arsenal would be a sideways step for the 24-year-old.

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“Much like Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin is an integral part of that club if they want to rebuild,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

“Everton will be very reluctant to sell those kinds of players, and it would be a really bad step for them.

“It wouldn’t show the fans that the club is continuing to progress and push towards Europe.

“This is supposed to be an exciting time where you’re adding players to the squad, not selling international players who are meant to be there for longevity.

“I know money talks, but if you’re serious about taking the club forward, you have to hold on to these sorts of players.

“Arsenal have won lots of games in the past, but right now the two clubs are on an even keel.”

Calvert-Lewin netted three goals in three Premier League matches at the beginning of this term before suffering a fractured toe.

The England international has scored 56 goals in 176 Everton matches.

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