Marca have revealed that Barcelona had Richarlison in their sights as far back as 2018 but failed to stump up the fee it would have taken to sign the Brazilian at the time.

Richarlison has been one of the best centre-forwards on show at the World Cup so far, having led the line impressively for the Selecao, who look capable of going all the way this year.

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The Tottenham man has three goals to his name in Qatar so far, including two of the best goals we have seen in this tournament.

In light of his brilliant displays for his country, reports have emerged over recent weeks that Real Madrid (Todofichajes) and Paris Saint-Germain (Fichajes) are both eyeing moves for the 25-year-old.

Marca have now revealed that Richarlison could have been a Barcelona player had the Catalan club not hesitated back in 2018. The report explains that Barca had their eye on the Brazilian during his time at Watford and looked to snap him up in the summer of 2018.

The La Liga club were said to be keen on signing a striker at the time and the Richarlison was thought to be an appealing prospect for them since he was capable of playing in all three attacking positions.

However, it is said that Barca were not willing to match the €40m (£34.4m) that Everton were willing to put on the table for the forward at the time, and turned their attention to other targets.

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Many pundits felt that Spurs had overpaid for Richarlison when they spent £60m on him in the summer. However, the 25-year-old’s value has gone up substantially on the back of the performances he has put in for Brazil at the World Cup. I suspect many clubs across Europe will be ruing the fact that they allowed Richarlison to go to Tottenham.

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