Everton are ‘confident’ that Dominic Calvert-Lewin will put pen to paper on a new contract following discussions with Director of Football Marcel Brands, according to Football Insider.
Brands is understood to have met with the forward to negotiate terms of an improved deal, with the preliminary meeting thought to have ended on a positive note.
The club are working on securing Calvert-Lewin’s long-term future as a reward for his continued development, having hit double figures in a Premier League season for the first time in his career after scoring ten in 23 games.
Calvert-Lewin has struck five of his ten top-flight goals for the campaign since the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti, for a rate of one every 122.2 minutes – the 22-year-old averaged a goal every 187.4 this term under Marco Silva prior to the Portuguese’s sacking in December.
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Previous reports claimed that the club had entered into negotiations with Calvert-Lewin back in 2019 to discuss extending his time on Merseyside further, after seeing the £19.8m-rated Blades product become an established member of our first-team under Silva.
His development under Ancelotti has now seemingly sparked a greater urge to see the 22-year-old sign on the dotted line, having expected to be able to announce a five-year contract shortly before the turn of the year.
Said five-year deal would also have seen the star striker earn considerably more than his current wage, with talk of the terms being worth between £70,000 and £75,000 a week.
A contract in that region would launch Calvert-Lewin up our wage bill, with the Sheffield-born forward currently our 26th-highest earner – excluding Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Djibril Sidibe, as Spotrac do not currently have figures for their wages.
In other Everton news, the club will reportedly revive a failed pursuit of a £13.5m-rated defender come the summer.