After an excellent campaign last season in which he netted 16 goals – his second consecutive double-digit haul in the Premier League – Calvert-Lewin has endured a more difficult and injury-plagued year in the 2021/22 campaign, netting just three times.
With his form having dipped off massively, The Sun report that Everton will look to offload the 25-year-old in the summer.
Lampard wants to overhaul his playing squad and staff in a big way this summer – whether Everton stay up or not – and slashing the club’s payroll is a necessary first step.
The Merseysiders have a number of high-earning players who are not justifying their salaries and Calvert-Lewin has fallen into this category off the back of an underwhelming season.
Lampard is prepared to let up to three ‘big hitters’ go in the summer and wants to reinvest the money in new signings.
Arsenal have long been interested in the England international and Mikel Arteta has made a new striker the club’s top transfer priority in the summer.
Everton’s decision to put Calvert-Lewin up for sale could make the Toffees frontman a more attractive proposition than the likes of Alexander Isak and Jonathan David, who the Gunners have also been linked with.
Arsenal are not the only team that will be in for Calvert-Lewin, however, with West Ham also linked with a move – though they were previously put off by his £60million price tag.
Both West Ham and the Gunners will fancy their chances of being able to negotiate a lower price for a player who has proven himself as a reliable goalscorer at Premier League level, while his big wages will not be a problem either.
Arsenal still look likely to lose their two remaining senior strikers this summer – Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette – with both players out of contract at the end of the season.
Arteta will be given significant funds to spend this summer, particularly if the side qualify for the Champions League, and wants to bring in two new strikers as well as a midfielder, with Wolves’ Ruben Neves on the Gunners’ radar.