Ex-Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes his former club should do all they can to secure the signature of Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The England international has been out injured for most of the season but Merson thinks snapping up the forward would give the Gunners an extra dimension in the final third of the pitch:
“Arsenal need to go out and buy Calvert-Lewin as soon as he is fit. Put a massive bid in for him. They need a focal point up there who is good and strong.”
Various reports have claimed that Calvert-Lewin would cost in the region of £60m, which is a sizeable investment, and it remains to be seen whether the club would sanction such a move either in January or at the end of the season.
Arsenal are actively looking for a new striker, having been heavily linked with Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic as well as Lille’s Jonathan David in recent weeks.
It is thought that Vlahovic would cost more than Calvert-Lewin and he may not be interested in a move to the Emirates. David, meanwhile, is younger but he would be more of a gamble considering he has never played in the Premier League.
Calvert-Lewin does, therefore, have the edge over the other options being considered by technical director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta.