According to Brazilian publication UOL, Everton striker Richarlison, who is wanted by Tottenham this summer, has turned down Arsenal’s approach.
Reports first emerged over the weekend suggesting that Spurs are interested in a move for Richarlison at the right price (The Athletic’s David Ornstein).
However, The Telegraph reported on Monday that Everton were determined not to let the forward leave for a fee below the £50m they paid to sign him from Watford four years ago.
Fabrizio Romano subsequently asserted that the Toffees wanted a whopping €70m- €75m (£60m-£64.2m) to let the player leave (CaughtOffside).
According to UOL’s latest update, Richarlison’s priority remains leading Brazil’s line at the World Cup later this year, and that would be his main consideration in deciding his next destination.
It is explained that the 25-year-old is not willing to join Real Madrid despite Los Blancos’ interest as he fears he will be stuck on the bench in the Spanish capital.
Richardson is also said to have rejected Arsenal’s advances, with Spurs and Chelsea said to be his preferred destinations.
It is explained that Chelsea would have to offload Romelu Lukaku before they can move for the Everton star and that as things stand, Tottenham are said to be the front-runners for the forward’s signature, with Antonio Conte’s men allegedly willing to offer €60m (£51.3m).
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With Everton needing to sell to buy this summer, and Richarlison reportedly wanting to leave the club, one would expect the Toffees to soften their stance over the coming weeks and months.
However, there is also the risk of Chelsea entering the race if Spurs wait too long, thus potentially pushing up the Brazilian’s price. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds.
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