Everton are reportedly in the market for Arsenal forward Theo Walcott and are trying to close in on a £30 million deal.
According to a report by The Mirror, Everton are considering a £30 million summer deal for Theo Walcott since manager Ronald Koeman is in need of a wide-man to cover for the injured Yannick Bolasie, who is out for a while. Walcott ended last season on the bench and an exit from the Emirates stadium seems likely.
Everton have enjoyed a great transfer window so far and have managed to sign the likes of Davy Klaassen, Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane. In addition to that, they also benefited from the big money sale of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United as Wayne Rooney made a sensational return to Goodison Park.
The next target on Koeman’s list appears to be Theo Walcott and if the previous transfers are anything to go by, the England international is likely to be on his way to join the club.
Walcott has endured a career filled with ups and downs at Arsenal, having arrived at the Emirates back in 2006 as one of the most promising and talented young players in England. Eleven years later, the player has failed to reach the potential he was once capable of and has been reduced to a player who spent most time on the bench.
Having said that, Walcott did show sparks of brilliance with Arsenal. The main problem he faced was a lack of consistency and that was evident in the previous campaign as he started the season on a good note but then his form dwindled as the season came to an end.
Koeman will be hoping that £30 million is enough to bring Walcott to Everton and that the former Southampton man is able to improve his form and enjoy the best years of his career at Goodison Park. The fact that Bolasie will be out for a long time due to his injury seems like the ideal time for Walcott to go in and cement a place for himself.
Staying back with Arsenal is unlikely to be a good move for Walcott because he did lose his place in the starting eleven when Wenger introduced the new 3-4-3 formation towards the end of the season. That saw Walcott warm the bench for the last seven games and if Wenger continues that system, Walcott’s playing minutes will take a major hit.
Additionally, the World Cup is only a year away and the player will be eager to play regularly in order to secure a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the tournament. Thus, a move to Everton can guarantee Walcott more playing time and perhaps a place in the England team next year.