By Pete O'Rourke, Transfer Correspondent

2nd Apr, 2023 | 7:38am

Sources: Arsenal plot surprise move to sign Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Arsenal are monitoring the availability of Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin this summer, sources have told Football Insider.

The Gunners are in the market for a new striker and are keeping tabs on whether a cut-price deal could be made for the 26-year-old if the Toffees are relegated this season.

Mikel Arteta is an admirer of Calvert-Lewin’s abilities when fit and the Spaniard is ready to launch a surprise move and sign him despite his injury issues.

The Everton striker’s star has dropped at Goodison Park in recent years on the back of two injury-plagued seasons.

He has scored only one Premier League goal this term – from 11 matches and just 735 minutes of action – and that follows a similarly disrupted 2021-22 in which he scored five goals from 17 games in all competitions.

Calvert-Lewin has missed 48 first-team games for the Merseyside club since the 2016/17 season, including six matches in the current campaign.

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When fit, however, Calvert-Lewin has found his way to goal and scored 59 in 203 appearances across all competitions for the Blues.

Everton sit just one point above the relegation zone in the Premier League and demotion to the Championship this season would likely leave the club with no other option than to clear its wage bill.

Football Insider sources revealed on Friday (31 March) that a ‘fire sale’ is likely at Goodison Park if they suffer relegation this season.

It is understood that other Premier League clubs would also join the race to sign Calvert-Lewin should Everton be relegated, although the Gunners are deemed to be frontrunners.

Sean Dyche is a fan of Calvert-Lewin and deems him a key player at Everton, although the newly-appointed manager understands that he will be one of hte first players out of the door if the club were relegated.

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