According to Harry Talbot of the Football Insider, Everton have ‘opened talks’ with Danny Welbeck and could battle Newcastle United for his signature this summer. The 28-year-old is expected to leave Arsenal at the end of his contract and will be available on a free transfer. Everton are on the hunt for a centre-forward and may have found the ideal candidate in Welbeck.
The England international joined Arsenal from Manchester United in 2014, scoring and creating 47 goals in 126 appearances in all competitions. Welbeck has fallen down the pecking order after struggling for form and playing time at the Emirates Stadium. This season, he’s made only 14 appearances, the last of which came against Sporting CP in the Europa League on November 8.
Welbeck has spent the last six months sidelined with an ankle injury and isn’t close to putting pen to paper on an extension to stay at Arsenal. Despite the Gunners spending £16m on his signature in 2014 and £32.5m in wages over the last five years, they appear willing to let him leave for nothing in the coming weeks which is good news for Everton.
The Toffees only have Cenk Tosun, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin to choose from in attack, but Welbeck could provide another dimension for Marco Silva.