Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has requested Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, according to Calcio In Pillole journalist Ekrem Konur.
— Ekrem KONUR (@Ekremkonur) July 2, 2021
The German is not impressed with Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi as his striking options. If a move for Erling Braut Haaland becomes impossible, he wants the Goodison Park man.
Although there have been no formal talks with Everton yet, they are expected to begin soon with the pre-season getting underway.
Chelsea are keen to strengthen their attack this summer, and the Toffees star is one of the best goalscorers around.
Calvert-Lewin ended last season with 16 Premier League goals – more than anyone at Stamford Bridge – and could be a decent upgrade on Timo Werner.
With Everton looking to challenge for the top-six next season, new manager Rafa Benitez will not want to lose one of his best players.
However, the England international will be keen to play in the Champions League, and the Merseysiders are not close to becoming a top-four side.
Calvert-Lewin may not be guaranteed a starting berth at Chelsea if he leaves Everton, and that could make him seriously consider staying at Goodison Park for now.
The 24-year-old is struggling for playing opportunities in England due to Harry Kane’s form, with Marcus Rashford also ahead of him in the pecking order.
He needs to keep playing every game at club level to continue developing, which is not a given at a star-studded side like Chelsea.