Arsenal have reportedly rejected an Everton bid for Nigerian star, Alex Iwobi who made 51 appearances across all competitions for the North London club last campaign.
The Toffees are thought to have launched a bid for the Arsenal winger before the Thursday deadline.
The Merseyside club have been on the heels of Crystal Palace for the capture of Wilfred Zaha but have seen two of their bids for the Ivory Coast international thrown out the window.
And with Everton boss, Marco Silva still keen on adding a winger to his side, he has switched attention to 23 year old Alex Iwobi as he sees the Nigerian as a good alternative.
The Toffees have tabled a bid believed to have totalled about £30 million including add-ons for the Gunners man, however, Arsenal have now rejected the bid.
Iwobi was a vital part of Emery’s squad last term with no other player in the squad featuring for the North London club more times than the young winger.
However, he isn’t a guaranteed starter and the arrivals of Nicolas Pepe on the right flank and Reiss Nelson following his loan spell from Hoffenheim has further put his playing times under threat.
During the 2019 African Cup of Nations, Iwobi admitted to seeking for a place elsewhere if he believed he might struggle to get playing time.
“I am not one to chicken out,” the Arsenal academy graduate said. “I have had it all over the years, being told I’m not good enough.
“So whenever the chance comes I always try and prove I should be starting. Obviously my joy is to play football and not just sit out.
“If it comes to that I would have no choice but to leave. But I would always put up a fight to play – that is what I’ve done all my life.”
The bid for Iwobi present a bit of an headache for Arsenal who would have loved to hold on to their academy graduate who could present them with options going forward as they look set to once again compete in four competitions in the coming season.
However, considering their desperation for a defender, they might be bought over and could consider the sale of the Nigerian International to free up funds for the pursuit of a centreback.