Everton winger Andros Townsend has warned Richarlison that a move to Tottenham would not necessarily be a step up from the Toffees.
Richarlison has attracted widespread transfer interest this summer after Goal Brasil reported that he wants to leave Goodison Park for a new challenge.
Spurs have since emerged as suitors to sign the 25-year-old Brazil international, even in a potential package alongside teammate Anthony Gordon (Sky Sports).
In fact, Fabrizio Romano has revealed that talks are progressing and talks are advanced between Spurs and Everton.
A possible move to North London for Richarlison would see him grab his first experience of Champions League football after Spurs’ fourth-place finish last term, while Everton were scrapping to preserve their Premier League status.
While the current gap between both clubs looms fairly large, former Tottenham player Townsend does not believe Richarlison moving to N17 would prove to be progressive in his career.
Asked about Spurs being a potential step up from Everton, Townsend told talkSPORT: “I think you’re being slightly disrespectful by calling Spurs a step up!
“I think Everton is one of the biggest clubs in England, one of the most historic clubs, one of the biggest fanbases.
“He’s already a hero at Everton for what he’s done. He’s a fantastic player and towards the end of the season the goals he scored to keep us up.
“We speak about what Frank Lampard did for the team, why the fans did to lift us, but Richarlison came back from injury, scored goals and kept us up.
“So he’s already got hero status at the club… and that’s all you’re getting from me!
“I had years of Wilfried Zaha questions [when he played at Crystal Palace], so I’m used to it by now!”
Spurs Web Opinion
We have to respect Townsend’s opinion, but Spurs is still a step up for Richarlison given the current outlook between both clubs. Granted Spurs have underachieved in terms of silverware over the last decade, but it is still a place where top players want to play.
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