Man Utd refused to pay £80m for Everton forward

By | September 23, 2020

Manchester United decided against a swoop for Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin after the Toffees asked for £80 million for the 23-year-old.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a big admirer of the forward and felt that his aerial presence could offer the club something completely different to Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

However, United were taken aback by the Toffees’ £80m valuation of the striker and cooled their interest in Calvert-Lewin.

The striker was purchased for just £1.5m from Sheffield United four years ago but it was not until the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti that the forward found his feet in the Everton starting XI.

Calvert-Lewin has repaid the Italian tactician’s faith in him with 13 goals in 23 games under Carlo, including a hat-trick in the weekend win versus Slaven Bilic’s West Bromwich Albion.

Manchester United extended forward Odion Ighalo’s stay at the club in July but the Nigerian star’s loan move expires in January, meaning the attacker remains a short-term solution to the club’s striker problems.

The Red Devils decided against a permanent deal for the ex-Watford ace, suggesting that Solskjaer is keen on landing a younger striker to compliment the likes of Mason Greenwood, Martial and Rashford.

The Red Devils missed out on Dortmund talent Erling Haaland in January, which forced them into an emergency move for Odion.

United have scouted Lyon forward Moussa Dembele heavily in the past but the Ligue 1 side want around £50 million for the former Celtic and Fulham striker.