Everton have completed the signing of Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi on a five-year contract.
Both clubs had been linked with a move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha throughout the summer transfer window.
Everton sign Iwobi: Five key things to know…
- Iwobi joined Arsenal as a youngster in 2004.
- He went on to make 149 appearances for the club, scoring 15 times.
- Arsenal had initially looked like keeping hold of the Nigeria international.
- But the Gunners accepted a £28m bid late on deadline day.
- Iwobi has signed a five-year deal at Goodison Park.
However, in the end, Arsenal opted to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille for a club-record £72m fee, while Everton were unwilling to match Palace’s asking price for Zaha.
And so, the Toffees turned to other options late on deadline day, announcing a £28m deal for Nigeria international Iwobi – who had been at Arsenal since 2004 – following the close of the transfer window, with the price expected to go over the £30m mark after add-ons.
Arsenal had initially looked to keep hold of Iwobi, who was seen as an important part of Unai Emery’s plans next season and a possible candidate to play in the No.10 role which he fills for Nigeria.
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But Everton announced the deal just after 9 pm, four hours after the closure of the English transfer window.
Everton boss Marco Silva was delighted to secure one of his “main targets” of the summer window to add to his existing attacking talent.
Everton begin their 2019/20 Premier League campaign away to Crystal Palace on Saturday.