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NGN280 billion: Alex Iwobi’s Everton up for sale

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The Nigeria international has been with the Toffees since 2019, signing from Arsenal immediately after Nigeria’s third-place finish at that year’s Afcon

Super Eagles playmaker Alex Iwobi could, in the nearest future, start working under a new owner after Everton owner Farhad Moshiri put the club up for sale.

Formerly a minority shareholder at Arsenal, Farhad Moshiri became a majority shareholder at Everton in February 2016 and the British-Iranian billionaire presently holds 94 per cent shares of the club.

But according to the Guardian, the 67-year-old entrepreneur is open to minority or majority sale of Everton with several potential buyers already expressing interest.

It is believed that Farhad Moshiri is looking for offers of more than £500 million (approximately NGN 283 billion) for the Premier League club.

Everton’s new owner will, among other things, have the primary assignment of steering the Toffees away from troubles on the pitch.

The Toffees have struggled all season, winning only three of their 20 league matches and picking up just 15 points.

That poor return has seen the Merseysiders drop into the relegation zone and are only above bottom-placed Southampton on goal difference.

Manager Frank Lampard was recently sacked with a replacement yet to be named days after.

Iwobi was one of Lampard’s favourite players with the Nigerian international flourishing under the former Chelsea manager.

Things may change under a new manager but Iwobi remains one of the Toffees’ best players with his six assists in the Premier League bettered by no other at Goodison Park.

There have been talks of the former Arsenal star close to extending his contract at Everton but the final details are seemingly still in the works.

Iwobi signed for Everton in 2019 with only a year and a half left on that four-year deal.