Everton and Arsenal tracking £45 million French striker

Amine Gouiri (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)
Amine Gouiri (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images) /

The summer transfer window is still months away but there already seems to be movement from clubs across Europe. Everton continues to be linked to forwards, despite the fact that their very existence in the Premier League next season is hanging up in the air. If the Toffees fail to survive the relegation battle, there might not be any major incomings, worse; there could be a fire sale.

With the clouds of relegation hovering over Everton, the futures of crucial Everton players lies up in the air. The Toffees sit in 17th place with 25 points. Frank Lampard took over the side in January and in seven Premier League games managed; his side has only won two games.

Even though the Toffees have games in hand compared to the teams around them in the table, recent performances do not give much confidence. Lampard knew he had an extremely challenging task at hand when he decided to dip his toes in the management pool.

If Everton fails to secure Premier League status for next season, the likes of Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jordan Pickford and many others could seriously consider their futures at the club. There are rumours revolving around Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.

Everton eye OGC Nice striker Amine Gouiri

Perhaps, that is why the Toffees continue to remain linked to forwards. OGC Nice striker Amine Gouiri becomes the latest player to be linked with the Toffees. According to Calciomercato, Everton and Arsenal are tracking Gouiri. Along with the English sides, Milan remains in the race.

Gouiri is having a stellar season in Nice colours as the Frenchman has already netted 12 goals and created another eight goals for his teammates. Meanwhile, Nice remain in contention for Champions League football next season, sitting just two points behind Rennes and three points behind Olympique Marseille in second position.

Gouiri is an undisputed starter for Nice and is now their prime striker under Christophe Galtier. The 22 year old relies as much on technical abilities as he relies on his physical attributes. Gouiri often drops deeper and starts from the left side which leaves him on his favourable right foot for the attack. Regular viewers of Ligue 1 are now drawing comparisons to Karim Benzema.

Gouiri is making a name for himself in France and is emerging as a lethal striker capable of changing the game at his own will. The striker’s first touch is exceptional, which is often the only thing he needs to take control of the ball and score a goal.

He is contracted till the summer of 2024 and has a market value of £45 million. If Everton does maintain their Premier League status, Gouiri might emerge as a real target but to lure him away from Arsenal, Milan and other suitors isn’t a cakewalk.

Next. Horrendous Everton finances make relegation even more dangerous. dark

Any transfer activity will depend on whether Everton save themselves from relegation or not. So, the first and foremost task is to escape relegation.