Richarlison would rather step away from Everton to play on the ‘biggest stage’ according to sources close to the player. The striker is currently attracting interest at home and abroad from teams like Arsenal, Tottenham and Barcelona.
Richarlison was Everton’s most important player last season, particularly in the Premier League run as the Toffees managed to avoid relegation. The striker has scored 10 times in 29 Premier League games, including six goals in his last nine Premier League games.
However, it is now believed that the 36-cap international would like to leave Merseyside in order to consolidate his position in Brazil’s squad ahead of the World Cup.
The i newspaper reports that a move from Goodison Park is now Richarlison’s preferred option despite his love for the club.
“He wants to reach greater heights in his career,” a source close to the Brazilian told the newspaper. “Is it crazy to want to take a chance now? No. He is now a key player for the national team and he faces great competition for his place. He must be in a club of the highest level and play on the biggest stages.
It’s clear that Richarlison thinks he can play in the Champions League and would like to challenge himself there. The source’s comments match what Richarlison said about a move when asked last month.
“I’ve already made it clear to the board, I’ve already spoken to Frank Lampard too, with my agents and they know what I want,” explained the Brazil international. “Let’s wait for June.
Although no formal offers have yet been made, interested teams are reportedly looking at a transfer fee of over £50million which could put off many suitors. However, Everton are suffering badly from Financial Fair Play regulations and so might be ready to negotiate the price should a big offer come in.
The 25-year-old’s strike partner Dominic Calvert-Lewin is another who could leave the club. The England international is attracting interest from some Premier League sides, including Manchester United and Newcastle. Both clubs are aiming for a mobile and focused man and Calvert-Lewin would fit the profile despite his injury struggles last season.
With FFP laws casting a big shadow over Everton’s transfer window, it’s likely they’ll have to sell one of their key assets. The Goodison Park faithful are simply hoping that if they are forced to sell Richarlison the club can reinvest the money in an exciting replacement.
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