Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi is reportedly closing in on a £40m transfer to fellow Premier League side Everton.
Iwobi, who is a product of Arsenal’s youth system, enjoyed a solid campaign under Unai Emery last term compared to what he previously experienced during the Arsene Wenger era.
The Nigeria international managed six goals and nine assists in 51 appearances across all competitions. Therefore, he was expected to line-up for the Gunners again in the upcoming campaign.
But Nicolas Pepe’s club-record €80m arrival from Lille OSC this month has led to increased competition at the Emirates Stadium.
So, the BBC has now reported that Iwobi will embark on a fresh start at Everton instead. Apparently, Arsenal have accepted a £40m deal after rejecting an opening bid of £30m.
While the English transfer window closed at 18:00 (CET), the Toffees allegedly sent the Premier League a deal sheet to confirm his arrival before the deadline. The player himself is also undergoing a medical in London.
Should things go to plan, then Iwobi will become Marco Silva’s seventh signing of the summer transfer window.
Everton have currently signed Moise Kean, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph, Djibril Sidibe and Jonas Lossi.
While Iwobi could be on his way out, though, Arsenal have welcomed long-term target Kieran Tierney from Scottish champions Celtic in a £25m deal.
The Gunners are also working hard to complete a transfer for Chelsea centre-back David Luiz. Apparently, they struck an £8m deal to sign him on Thursday and had arranged a medical for the Brazilian.