Everton price Newcastle United out of Dominic Calvert-Lewin transfer
Everton have managed to price moneybags Newcastle United out of a move for striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, according to The Telegraph.
The same publication had reported on 6 June that the Magpies were readying an offer for the 25-year-old but they were not confident in making a deal happen due to the Toffees’ unwillingness to sell to a divisional rival.
It now seems like the £60million asking price Everton have set for the England international is going to be too much for Eddie Howe and the Toon despite their vastly rich Saudi Arabian owners.
Despite their wealth, they have allocated a strict £80-100million transfer budget to this summer transfer window as they look to remain within financial fair play regulations and gradually build the team up from scratch.
It has also meant that they are unlikely to sign the £50million Ivan Toney from Brentford or the £30million Jack Harrison from Leeds United although they remain keen on Lille defender Sven Botman.
He might not have had his best season in a blue shirt during the 2021-22 campaign but everybody knows how dangerous he can be in front of goal when he’s at his best.
The scintillating form he showed from the 2019-20 season onwards is what earned him that England call-up in the first place and had it not been for a lengthy injury last term, he may have hit those heights again and kept the Toffees away from any relegation scrap.
His unusually poor season may be why the Magpies were keen on signing him in the first place with his price potentially lower than it otherwise would have been.
But if they only have so much to spend, then they can’t really splash it all on one player given how much change is needed at St James’ Park which is a huge plus for Frank Lampard.
He needs a goal-scorer like Calvert-Lewin to keep his side in with a chance of a successful season in 2022-23 and he certainly can’t come up against him either.
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