Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi joins Everton from Arsenal
London, August 9, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Everton have signed 23-year-old forward Alex Iwobi from Arsenal for a fee believed to be £28m, rising to £34m with potential add-ons.
The 23-year-old Nigerian international has signed a five-year deal at Goodison Park after a deal was agreed between the clubs on Deadline Day.
Everton will pay £28m up front for the Nigeria international, with £7m of additional fees to follow.
Iwobi, who rose through the youth ranks at the Emirates and joined the first team squad in 2015, played 149 times for the Gunners, scoring 15 goals and contributing 27 assists largely from the flank.
At 23 years old, Iwobi has 36 caps for Nigeria, scoring six times, and was integral to the Super Eagles’ impressive showing at this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations, scoring the all-important winner in a thrilling last 16 clash against previous holders Cameroon.
After the Toffees had a bid of £30m rejected on Wednesday, it is understood that they went back in with an offer of between £35m which was accepted by the north London club on Deadline Day
“Alex has made a big contribution at Arsenal. He worked hard in the academy, where he was an example to many young players and has been an important part of our squad. We wish Alex every success in the future.” – Unai Emery
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One of our main targets – Silva
Everton manager Marco Silva said: “Alex was one of our main targets for this window and I believe he is a fantastic signing for Everton. He is a direct and skilful winger and attacking midfielder who always works very hard for his team.
“He is still young but already with a lot of top-level experience – 100 Premier League matches, more in Europe and many international games.
“It was important for me to have one more quality option for our attacking positions to add to what we have with Richarlison, Bernard and Theo Walcott.
“Alex fits exactly the profile of player I want in my model. He is hungry to join Everton and take the next step in his career, to help us compete with the strongest teams in the league and reach his potential at our club.”