Tottenham are ready to submit their first formal offer for Richarlison, although fresh interest from Chelsea could drive up the price if negotiations drag on, according to reports.
The Brazilian fired Everton to safety last season with six goals in their last nine appearances. Richarlison has once again hit double goals throughout the campaign and common sense would dictate that his numbers would go up even further if slotted into a higher team.
Everton’s financial difficulties ensured the sale of Richarlison or Dominic Calvert-Lewin this summer. Considering how last season ended, the Brazilian would arguably command the highest fee.
Tottenham have frequent links with the 25-year-old and today is no different.
The evening standard the recently claimed Spurs are ready to leaving Gabriel Jesus at Arsenal in favor of moving for one of Richarlison or Raphinha from Leeds United.
Both have proven themselves in the Premier League and are at the peak of their careers. As such, it’s unlikely either could be signed for less than £60million.
Leeds have reportedly put a price tag of £65m on their Brazilian talisman. Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano previously claimed the Toffees would command between £60m and £64m for Richarlison.
Now, Goal report Tottenham are ready to confirm their interest in the latter with an official offer.
Forward wants a quick resolution
This particular offer is expected to drop in the next few days. Moreover, the Spurs hierarchy hope to meet with Richarlison’s side to discuss a deal and, presumably, personal terms.
On the player side, Richarlison reportedly wants his future resolved after his current holiday in Brazil ends.
The haste with which he wants a resolution is something that could help Spurs given Chelsea have entered the frame.
Indeed, with Romelu Lukaku’s loan exit from Inter almost confirmed, the Blues are mobilizing in the market.
The central defender remains a priority with two elite targets named here. However, additions in the final third are also much needed and Raphinha and Richarlison are also on their radar.
Chelsea’s slow start to the window gave Tottenham an early advantage. However, if they cannot strike a deal for Richarlison quickly, Chelsea’s interest could spark a bidding war that Spurs will want to avoid.
Such a scenario would no doubt be to Everton’s liking given that the new season is still six weeks away and time would be on their side to reinvest Richarlison’s money ahead of the first matchweek.
Who will Richarlison choose?
Objective note Everton are fully aware of their desire to join one of Europe’s top teams. Both Spurs and Chelsea have world-class managers at the helm and both offer Champions League football, something the Brazilian is keen to experience.
The decision, of course, could simply come down to finances. If Club A were willing to make a higher offer to Everton plus a higher salary for the player, they would likely win the race.
When it comes to playing time, Richarlison may actually find it harder to feature regularly at Tottenham.
Two of Antonio Conte’s top three spots are sewn up by Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. The right-winger position is currently occupied by Dejan Kulusevski who was a revelation after arriving in January.
However, the depth beyond those three is relatively thin on the ground. Lucas Moura reiterated his desire to leave in 12 months. Moreover, Steven Bergwijn seems on track to return to the Netherlands with Ajax.
On the other hand, Richarlison would have a reasonable chance of securing one of Chelsea’s three front row positions. However, their greater strength in depth could also result in extended spells on the sidelines if his form wanes.