Alex Crook has suggested that Richarlison is more likely to leave Tottenham next summer rather than during the January transfer window.
There was some hope at Tottenham that the Brazilian would be able to step up this season following Harry Kane’s departure but the forward has once again struggled to find the back of the net, promoting Ange Postecoglou to move Son Heung-min to the number nine role.
The Telegraph reported a couple of days ago that Al-Ittihad made a move for Richarlison during the summer transfer window but Spurs did not entertain the approach.
The outlet added that the Saudi Pro League club are expected to reignite their interest in the 26-year-old in January to see if the North London club have changed their stance.
Spurs will likely keep Richarlison until the summer
Crooks believes that Postecoglou will not consider letting Richarlison leave the club mid-season.
The journalist told talkSPORT (14/11 8:15 am): “In the case of Richarlison, my hunch tells me this is probably more likely to happen in the summer than in this upcoming transfer window.
“We’ve seen already that the Tottenham squad is pretty threadbare when they lose a couple of key players. Unless they can source a replacement, I’m not sure that Ange Postecoglou particularly would want Richarlison to go now.
“But this is not necessarily fresh interest in Richarlison, there were clubs in Saudi Arabia who were targeting the Brazilian in the summer.
“And the most obvious destination would appear to be Al-Hilal, of course, because they’ve lost Neymar to a serious injury. So, it’s one to keep an eye on but I think with Richarlison probably more likely for the summer window.”
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The only way Tottenham would consider selling Richarlison in January is if they sign a winger as well as another number nine, which is quite unlikely. As Crook says, I expected Postecoglou to take a call on the former Everton man’s future next summer.
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