Transfer deadline day is now in full swing, with clubs all in a frenzy trying to tie up last-minute deals to bolster their squad. Despite Jose Mourinho’s suggestion that Manchester United will not do any more business, reports suggest otherwise. They won’t be alone in the chase, though, with Everton also interested in Sheffield United’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The 19-year-old forward is making a real name for himself in Yorkshire, and has been involved in a couple of Sheffield United’s League One fixtures already this season. Calvert-Lewin spent last term with Northampton Town, as he scored eight goals across all competitions for the League Two outfit.
His talent clearly speaks for itself as he has attracted interest by two Premier League giants, but perhaps this move is one for the future rather than a striker who can come in and guarantee top-flight goals straight away. Everton have Romelu Lukaku leading their line, and Arouna Kone waiting in the wings and ready to fill in if needed. Manchester United’s star striker is obviously Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and the Red Devils have both Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford. Their U-23 setup is struggling at the moment as they don’t have a recognised striker, so that may be a good starting point for the young forward.
The fee in question is £1 million, which is a mere drop in the ocean for both of these sides. With the way modern football is going, it is definitely a gamble worth taking, because he could be worth ten times as much if he scores a handful of goals in the Premier League.
If the move to either Manchester United or Everton does happen for Calvert-Lewin, it’s up to him to work hard, be patient and grasp his opportunity with both hands. The two clubs aren’t afraid to throw youngsters in right at the deep end, so if he is good enough, he’ll get that opportunity to shine.
The decision is firmly in his hands as to where to move. We all know the talents and capabilities of Manchester United’s famous youth setup, but Everton are also an extremely attractive proposition – particularly with Ronald Koeman at the helm.
It certainly looks likely that the teenager will be on the move this summer, but at this time it is too early to say he is nailed on to join either Everton or Manchester United. As the day progresses, we’ll learn more.
He’ll leave Sheffield United before the deadline, but where to is anyone’s guess at this point. I’ll go for Everton.
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