The Nigerian had been linked with a move to Goodison Park just yesterday but their first advances were rejected due to a disagreement of the transfer fee. The Toffees had tabled an offer of £30 million which did not satisfy the Gunners’ valuation. According to the reliable David Ornstein of BBC Sport, the Merseyside outfit were expected to return with a better offer.
As per others, Everton £30m bid for Alex Iwobi rejected. Made to Arsenal today & knocked back. Expected to return with improved offer but likely need £40m+ to be accepted. 23yo not agitating but would go if deal agreed. #EFC interest recent & is in addition to Wilfied Zaha #CPFC
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 7, 2019
However, not even a whisper was heard about the deal after the initial reports yesterday, until just a while ago when Ornstein confirmed Iwobi is heading to Merseyside.
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 8, 2019
The problem now is the deadline. By the time of writing, the English transfer deadline has already been reached. And that would make further transfers impossible, right? No, not exactly. Through a special procedure, deals can be completed 2 hours late which would allow the forward to complete the move. Everton have till 7:00 PM GMT to conclude the paperwork and submit it to the authorities.
DEAL SHEET: Premier League clubs can complete 3-5pm. Must be signed by player to prove agreement. Gives clubs until 7pm to complete transfer. FIFA paperwork uploaded by midnight for international transfers/loans. #SSN pic.twitter.com/GSNbTv7ix4
— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) August 8, 2019
The Nigerian international was not exactly a fan-favourite as he often divided opinions. To some he was the best creator Arsenal had after Mesut Ozil and to others he just didn’t seem good enough. Though often it seemed more of the latter than the former, being played out of position for his entire senior career hadn’t exactly helped him.
Iwobi made 149 appearances for the Londoners whilst bagging 14 goals and setting up 27 goals in all competitions. After having made nearly 150 appearances for the club, the Hale End graduate’s output isn’t exactly impressive. But it’s fair to say it is well understood that there is more to his game.
On this day, the 23-year-old proved to be a reliable creator who brought a lot of much-needed flair into a struggling Arsenal side. But the midfielder was just as disappointing rest of the time. However, with the ‘Naija Prince’ heading to tread new waters, he might find his true potential should he secure a regular starting position. Meanwhile, fetching £40 million for him is unreal business.