Late Iwobi deal gets announced after Arsenal get stunning £35 million winger deal done and dusted
Arsenal and Everton finally reached an agreement for winger Alex Iwobi, who completed a late transfer deal on deadline day.
There was a lot of speculation about whom Arsenal were signing on deadline day that most forgot that a few players were linked with a move away, especially since all the talk about the signing of David Luiz from Chelsea and Kieran Tierney from Celtic.
But one man that has departed the Emirates this summer is that of Iwobi, who was a firm fans favourite after establishing himself in the Arsenal side over the past few seasons, but was no longer needed at the Emirates.
The Gunners went and broke their club record transfer record by acquiring Nicolas Pepe for £72 million, meaning that Iwovi was well down the pecking order, and the Gunners have agreed to let the winger sign for Everton in a deal worth £35 million.
Everton’s late move for Iwobi came as they failed in their pursuit of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, but Toffees boss Marco Silva has insisted the Nigeria international had always been on his wishlist, telling the club website: “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.”
Iwobi is Everton’s seventh and final 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
Iwobi may not have been the most exciting of wingers for Arsenal, but he was a solid performer and many Gunners fans will thank him for his service to the club. But Arsenal have pulled one out the bag here and got a decent amount for the player, as he is not worth £35 million, a price that Everton will not have been happy to pay.
But the move will be good for him and his career.