Iwobi Reveals How Deadline day Switch from Arsenal Happened, New Contract Talks with Everton Stall


Everton midfielder, Alex Iwobi has revealed that he made a big career choice when he transferred to the club on the last day of the deadline in 2019 and insists it was an important step for his future.

On Deadline Day of the 2019 summer transfer window, Everton struck a deal with Arsenal, paying £28 million up front plus a potential £7 million in additional fees for Iwobi.


The talented midfielder then signed a five-year contract that’ll keep him at Goodison Park until June 2024.

The Nigerian, in an interview on the ‘Behind the Game’ show with Ian Wright, recalled how the deal came to fruition.

“So, it got to deadline day, I’m on a yacht with my family. Minimal signal, I don’t know how, but all of a sudden, I’ve got a signal,” Iwobi said.

“And my agent’s called me and said, ‘Everton want to push the move.’ Everton manager Marco Silva also called me, saying he wants me to come, and that he has a role for me.

“My dad said, ‘Are you sure?’ I’m like, ‘You know what? I’m really up for this challenge,’ like I’m ready to move and make a name for myself.”

“So, literally, got off, told the driver of the boat, ‘You’re going to have to spin this, you have to get back as soon as possible.’ Eventually made it back to the hotel and signed the documents, just in time, but like it was a big decision.”

Since signing for the Toffees in 2019, Iwobi has made 125 appearances and has 21 goals contribution (eight strikes and 13 assists).

However, now with the midfielder’s contract remaining just one year, he has reportedly been offered an extension, but talks are on hold and a deal might only happen depending on Everton’s League status by next season.


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