Everton football club have signed Arsenal Alex Iwobi on a five-year deal for a fee that could rise to £34m.
The Nigeria forward appeared in 149 games and scored 15 goals for the gunners in all competitions. He is the seventh summer signing made by Everton boss, Marco Silva.
“Alex was one of our main targets for this window and I believe he is a fantastic signing. He is a direct and skillful winger and attacking midfielder who always works very hard,” the Everton manager said.
“He is still young but already with a lot of top-level experience – 100 Premier League matches, more in Europe and many international games.
“Alex fits exactly the profile of player I want. 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.”
Alex Iwobi joins new signings; goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, defender Djibril Sidibe, midfielders Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin, and striker Moise Kean when his arrival was announced more than four hours after the transfer window closed.
Arsenal turned down an initial bid of £30m made by the Toffees – but the offer was improved, rising to £34m with potential add-ons which was accepted.
Iwobi appeared in all but three premier league games under Unai Emery who used him regularly in the season. He scored the only goal for Arsenal in the Europa League final defeat against Chelsea which was his last appearance for the club. Following the arrival of Nicolas Pepe from Lille for a club record £72m, Iwobi’s position became competitive at Arsenal.
Iwobi now begins a new chapter of his career at Everton, as the Toffees target an improvement on last season’s eighth-place finish. In an attempt to do that, Silva has reshaped his squad over the summer with seven arrivals and nine permanent departures.