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Everton ‘offered’ ex-Man Utd striker as one of two replacements with Benitez fearing blockbuster Arsenal raid

Everton have been offered former Man Utd forward Alexis Sanchez, with the Chilean one of two players Rafael Benitez is considering signing if Arsenal poach their star man, per a report.

That’s according to the Sun, who reveal Inter Milan have ‘offered’ Everton the chance to sign Sanchez for free. The diminutive forward is an infrequent starter at the San Siro, yet commands one of the highest salaries at the club.

Sanchez has revitalised his career to a degree since moving to Inter from Man Utd on a permanent basis in 2020. However, he could soon be afforded the opportunity to prove the doubters wrong one more time in England.

That scenario has come about after the newspaper revealed Benitez ‘fears’ he may lose one of Dominic Calvert-Lewin or Richarlison this month.

The Spanish manager is determined to retain both of their services, but may be fighting a losing battle.

It is the loss of Calvert-Lewin that would hit the hardest, and Arsenal are a genuine threat to pull off the coup.

Calvert-Lewin on three-man striker shortlist

The Athletic’s David Ornstein recently named the Toffees hitman on a three-man list of strikers Arsenal are courting. The others were Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic and Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak.

Vlahovic is reportedly their No1 target amid claims they have already submitted a hefty offer. However, according to Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol, Fiorentina are unlikely to sell the Serbian until next summer at the earliest.

Arsenal’s sole focus in the market could soon shift to securing reinforcements up front.

Folarin Balogun is expected to join Middlesbrough on loan, while Eddie Nketiah is a target for Crystal Palace. Both he and Alexandre Lacazette have entered the last six months of their contracts at the Emirates.

Mikel Arteta has also refused to rule out an exit for Aubameyang who could be sold as early as this month despite being on AFCON duty.

That could all combine to see the Gunners stiffen their resolve over Calvert-Lewin, leaving Everton short of firepower. The Sun do not list what level of fee Calvert-Lewin would command. But given his importance to the club and with a contract running until 2025, he will not…

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