According to a snippet in today’s Times, Everton are interested in signing Danny Welbeck from Arsenal.
The 27 year old is of interest to new Toffees boss, Marco Silva, and with less than 12 months left on his current deal – and no suggestion that a new one is in the offing – the former Manchester United man could be on his way this summer.
Welbeck is currently on an extended break after the World Cup in Russia, and is not due back to the club until late July/early August. With a truncated transfer window for the Premier League it leaves little time to sort out his future, and at the moment he’s clearly the third choice striker at Arsenal behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Although he can play wide, he may feel that at this point in his career he wants regular football up front, and the Gunners have the safety net of Spaniard Lucas Perez to provide depth up front as they compete in the league and in the Europa League.
There was speculation earlier this week that Welbeck could be one of the men to make way as Arsenal trim a squad that is quite heavy following five summer arrivals.
Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi have all joined, meaning Unai Emery has to let some players go.
Injury problems have meant Welbeck’s time at the club has been mixed, and while he’s been a popular figure among players and fans his contractual situation makes him one of the favourites to depart.