Everton have announced that they have signed Nigerian forward Alex Iwobi from Arsenal.
The club announced the arrival of the player on their official website, who has penned a 5 year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Though the financial terms have not been disclosed by the two clubs, the transfer fee Everton paid for Alex Iwobi is believed to be £40 million as Arsenal had earlier rejected a bid of £30 million.
Everton’s move to sign the Arsenal product is a statement of intent from the Merseyside club and their desire to keep improving under Marco Silva.
Iwobi is Everton’s seventh signing of the summer transfer window following the additions of goalkeeper Jonas Lössl, right-back Djibril Sidibe, midfielders Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin, and striker Moise Kean.
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Everton manager Marco Silva said: “Alex was one of our main targets for this window and I believe he is a fantastic signing for Everton. He is a direct and skilful winger and attacking midfielder who always works very hard for his team.
“He is still young but already with a lot of top-level experience – 100 Premier League matches, more in Europe and many international games.
“It was important for me to have one more quality option for our attacking positions to add to what we have with Richarlison, Bernard and Theo Walcott.
“Alex fits exactly the profile of player I want in my model. He is hungry to join Everton and take the next step in his career, to help us compete with the strongest teams in the league and reach his potential at our club.”
The Nigerian had a good outing with the Super Eagles at the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt playing 7 matches scoring one goal, leading the country to a bronze medal finish.
Nigeria international Iwobi came through Arsenal’s academy before making his first-team debut for the Londoners in October 2015 at the age of 19. Iwobi made 149 appearances for Arsenal across all competitions and scored fifteen goals.
By: Kelvin Musako