Frank Lampard is adamant that Everton are desperate to block a Dominic Calvert-Lewin transfer this summer and has warned his suitors of the huge price they would need to pay to prise him away from Goodison Park.
The Everton manager will soon hope to begin planning for next season. The Toffees – long in the relegation dogfight this season – could take a giant leap towards safety with a win over Brentford and if other results go their way. That will move Everton up to the 39-point mark, though there’s no avoiding the fact that it’s been a very difficult season.
If Everton are to ensure a higher finish next time around, it is clear that several changes will need to be made. Too many of their players have under-performed this season, leading Everton into their fight for survival.
However, with funds still likely to be tight, Lampard is likely to have to wheel and deal in the transfer market.
As such, it’s no shock to see Toffees striker Calvert-Lewin – as one of their more saleable assets – linked with moves away.
Indeed, with Arsenal looking for attacking reinforcements, they are strongly considering a bid for the England man.
But Newcastle too are also in the market for a new centre-forward. To that end, reports on Thursday suggested a huge offer is in the offing to bring Calvert-Lewin to Tyneside.
However, Lampard has spoken out on the player’s future and is warning his suitors that Everton are in no mood to sell.
Striker has been a major miss for Everton
“He is a fantastic striker, the pedigree of striker that there aren’t many around,” Lampard said. “It’s been unfortunate for me, I think, that I haven’t had him fit.
“He’s had little moments but we know that strikers – particularly out of any position – need runs of games and fitness and confidence.
“We’ve never been able to get that for Dominic to be fair to him. But yeah, he’s a huge player, they are not very common. He is contracted to us, three years left on his contract, and I want to take this club forward and players like Dominic help that.
“I know he hasn’t been playing at the minute because he’s been getting fit. But now he’s fit, so hopefully he will contribute in the last few games for starters and then he’s our player.
“He’s a player that would be wanted by clubs because of the level of player he is. There are not many strikers out there, they cost a lot of money. I’m not worried about him at all.”
Calvert-Lewin transfer not in Everton interests
Clearly keeping a player of Calvert-Lewin’s ability is vital for Everton going forward.
His long absence this season has surely played a part in their struggles. Indeed, his lengthy spell on the sidelines has denied Everton both goals and an attacking focal point.
And while Lampard will need to generate transfer funds this summer, it would surely take a ridiculous offer to tempt Lampard into his sale.
The Toffees also have other saleable assets though and surely the sale of Richarlison would make more sense.
Like Calvert-Lewin, he has found his name linked with several big sides his summer.
Everton could be forced to sell Calvert-Lewin
Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison could both depart this summer as Everton's finances take hit.
Tottenham are the latest side to reportedly be casting admiring glances his way, while Manchester United are also reportedly keen.
Everton paid an initial £35m, rising to £50m, to Watford for the Brazilian back in 2018. And if they can make back their initial investment, his sale is surely one they should look to make.
Richarlison has 51 goals in 150 appearances for Everton, clearly a massive talent. However, he’s a player who doesn’t always come across as the most committed to the Everton cause. Furthermore, he regularly sulks on the pitch if things don’t go his way.