Noel Whelan says Everton would find an offer in the region of £80million-£90million for Richarlison ‘hard to turn down’ amid rumoured interest from Real Madrid.
Football Insider reported at the start of June that Carlo Ancelotti is keen to bring Richarlison with him to the Spanish capital.
Real Madrid’s interest has not progressed beyond talks at this point, but they could make a bid later in the window.
The Brazilian endured a somewhat tricky 2020/21 campaign, his tally of seven Premier League goals beaten by relegated players like David McGoldrick and Matheus Pereira. He also considerably under-performed his expected goal total of 10.18.
Ancelotti had told him that 30 goals should be a ‘minimum target’ prior to the season.
Whelan recalled that Everton turned out a mammoth £85million bid from FC Barcelona for Richarlison in January 2020.
But he suspects that they might be more inclined to accept a similar offer this time around.
“We do know they’ve already fended off approaches from Barcelona for this player,” he told Football Insider.
“How long can they do that? If money comes, and it’s a big amount of money – it’s got to be close to £80million-£90million to prise him away – it would be hard to turn down for Everton.”
Richarlison’s stock is high. He’s only 24 years old, he joined Everton for huge money after only one season in the Premier League and he started five games for Brazil at the recent Copa America.
The kind of money offered by Barcelona, and that could be offered by Real Madrid, isn’t necessarily justified by his performances to date. They’re paying for the player he could become, of course, but you’re always left wanting more from Richarlison.
You do wonder if Everton would be wise to accept and reinvest such a sum, which may exceed his true value.
In other news, Rafael Benitez has requested this big-name signing.
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