Alex McLeish has tipped Real Madrid to sign 24-year-old Dominic Calvert-Lewin if they firm up their interest in him.
In an interview with Football Insider, Alex McLeish has claimed that Real Madrid might not have too much difficulty in prising Dominic Calvert-Lewin away from Everton. The former Aston Villa manager has asserted that it will be hard for the 24-year-old striker to turn down Los Blancos if they come calling.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has come a long way since joining Everton from Sheffield United as a lanky forward in the summer of 2016. Now the first-choice striker for the Toffees, the 24-year-old is also a full-time English international, having made significant progress in his career in the last couple of seasons.
In particular, it was under the tutelage of Carlo Ancelotti that Calvert-Lewin blossomed into an increasingly fearsome striker, and he also started the new season strongly, with three goals in as many games to show for his efforts. However, a quadriceps injury has kept him sidelined for weeks now, and he has been unable to return yet.
In the meantime, Calvert-Lewin continues to attract interest from some of the biggest clubs in the world, with Real Madrid among the clubs keen on signing the Everton striker. And as per Alex McLeish, the Premier League giants might have a tough time retaining the services of the 24-year-old if Real Madrid do indeed come calling.
“Everton fans will be saying: ‘He can’t leave us because we’re the best.’ But when you think about it and you’re getting a call from Real Madrid or Barcelona… It’s not all rosy these days over there, losing the amount of revenue that normally you take for granted.”
“But there’s still a magnificent lure for any footballer in the world to be saying: ‘Well, I’ve got a chance to go to Real Madrid.’ You may leave Everton, you may leave Aberdeen. I’m sure a lot of the clubs are huge in the fans’ eyes but Real Madrid is quite something.”
Turning Real Madrid down is indeed a tough thing to do and the fact that he could reunite with Carlo Ancelotti at the Santiago Bernabeu might appeal to Calvert-Lewin as well. With the race to sign Erling Haaland also getting murkier, it won’t be surprising to see Real Madrid turn their attention towards the 24-year-old striker for good.