By George Overhill

20th Jun, 2022 | 4:10pm

Dominic Calvert-Lewin at a crossroads at Everton

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is at a “crossroads” at Everton this summer with Newcastle still interested in him, according to The Athletic.

The focus so far this summer has centred on interest in the Brazilian who had much the stronger season during 2021/22, but the high price tag the Toffees have put on him “comfortably exceeds £50million”.

That could make his English teammate, who reportedly feels the lack of creativity in the team with James Rodriguez, Lucas Digne and Gylfi Sigurdsson missing contributed to his miserable campaign, an easier source of profit.

Neither have apparently been subject of an official bid, but because Calvert-Lewin cost so much less on arrival at Goodison than Richarlison (£1.5million compared to a total of £40million) he might make more sense to sell with that need for profit key.

The report from Greg O’Keeffe and Patrick Boyland says: “The Athletic understands Calvert-Lewin’s career on Merseyside is indeed at a crossroads this summer.

“There is a feeling around the player that, while his own damaged confidence contributed towards those uncharacteristically lacklustre displays once back in the team, so too did the removal of anything approaching a consistent supply line.”

It goes on: “While Richarlison has so far garnered more interest — Calvert-Lewin’s injury problems last season deterring some potential suitors up to now — many of those with knowledge of Everton’s financial predicament have stressed the need to maximise profits on ongoings.”

Uncertain

If the lion’s share of Frank Lampard’s summer business hinges on the sale of a key asset for big profit then it suggests the club are stuck in a kind of stalemate.

Despite interest reportedly remaining in Calvert-Lewin at Newcastle, and suitors across the Premier League and Europe for his Brazilian strike partner, the Toffees look like struggling to make a significant profit on either.

The former Sheffield United man arrived as a cheap youngster six years ago but has a weaker market and struggled throughout the relegation battle with injury and poor form.

Richarlison, a big-money buy from Watford two years later, proved his quality in keeping the Toffees in the Premier League, but would require an even bigger fee to represent a gain.

He would seem to have shown he was worth it, but if suitors aren’t willing to pay then everything grinds to a halt.

The financial concerns, and a need to operate within profit and sustainability rules, create a catch-22, as they make the need for profit greater but hinder the ability to gain it by weakening the negotiating position.

If a significant offer came in for Calvert-Lewin the club would appear to be more willing to accept in the circumstances, and he sounds prepared to go, but without an adequate bid for either the Toffees might have to face selling one on the relative cheap to get everything moving.