By Daniel Feliciano

13th May, 2022 | 6:40pm

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin considered back up option for Arsenal - Fabrizio Romano

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is now only considered as a back-up option for Arsenal this summer according to reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano.

The Toffees have been on the brink of relegation all season, with key striker Calvert-Lewin scoring just three times all season after struggling with injuries.

That hasn’t stopped speculation of a summer transfer away with Arsenal interested in a deal, but Romano told the Wondergoal podcast that the Gunners are now prioritising a deal for Man City star Gabriel Jesus over Calvert-Lewin.

“(Dominic) Calvert-Lewin has always been a player in the list of Arsenal,” he said.

“But now we know that Gabriel Jesus is the priority. So, let’s see how this Gabriel Jesus negotiation will go.

“For Dominic, he could still be an option for Arsenal, in case it won’t go through with Gabriel Jesus.”

Decisions

It’s been a long, tough season for Everton and for Calvert-Lewin individually too, but as the summer approaches decisions need to be made during the transfer window.

The 25-year-old has had a horror campaign and even when he’s been fit his performances have been poor, especially under Frank Lampard where he’s failed to make any sort of impact.

He’s now found himself on the bench in recent weeks despite recovering from injury, and if the club could negotiate a deal worth around £50m like is being mentioned then it could prove to be good business to let him go.

Obviously he has got the talent and quality to score goals at the highest level, but the best ability is availability and if he can’t stay fit then the money for his wages and the transfer fee could be better spent elsewhere.

But they may be limited in their options to sell now with Arsenal not prioritising a deal, so the decision could potentially have been made for them already.

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