Carlo Ancelotti wants to tempt Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin at Real Madrid, according to The Sun.
What is the latest news regarding transfers involving Calvert-Lewin?
After leaving Everton earlier this month to join Real, Ancelotti recently tried to lure Brazilian midfielder Allan away from Goodison Park and into the Spanish capital.
He now appears to have set his sights on another player he managed during his time with the Toffees – England international Calvert-Lewin.
What were Calvert-Lewin’s stats in 2020/21?
Calvert-Lewin had the best scoring season of his career in 2020/21 as he scored 16 times in the Premier League. He was the third top English scorer in the top flight behind Harry Kane (23) and Patrick Bamford (17).
The 6-foot-3 forward has gained a reputation as a handful in the air, having won 4.7 aerial duels per game this quarter (via WhoScored). That number was quite far from Everton’s next best player in this category, Michael Keane (3.2).
His strong start to the season saw him make his England debut in October, and he has since won 10 caps, already scoring four goals for his country.
Could Ancelotti use his knowledge of Goodison to land Calvert-Lewin?
It has been reported that Everton has lost Â£ 240million in the past two years and the club may need to consider selling one of their top players to avoid falling foul of Financial Fair Play .
Ancelotti is aware of Everton’s financial woes, which contributed to his departure from Merseyside, and could benefit from it this summer.
Given that Calvert-Lewin is still only 24 and has just had a great campaign, Everton could generally expect to get over Â£ 60million for the striker.
However, as they may have to cash in on one of their star players in the transfer window, club owner Farhad Moshiri may be ready to accept an offer in the order of Â£ 50million instead. .
Having worked at the club for 18 months, Ancelotti understands how Everton works today, which could lead him to land Calvert-Lewin in the coming weeks for a relatively modest price.
Could Everton’s big problem be about to get worse?
Everton were the Premier League’s top scorer in the first half in 2020/21. In fact, they have scored eight fewer goals than the next worst top 10 scorers, Arsenal. This indicates that finding the back of the net was a major problem and one of the main reasons the club ended the season in a disappointing 10th place.
Under Ancelotti, Everton have only scored 47 league goals, with Calvert-Lewin scoring 34% of those strikes. By scoring over a third of Everton’s goals this year, it’s clear the team relied heavily on Calvert-Lewin, so losing him would be a blow to the club.
Arguably Everton’s biggest problem this season was his lack of goals, and it would become even more of a concern if Calvert-Lewin left this summer, as it would leave the team with no obvious offensive threat before the next term.
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