Noel Whelan has warned Everton attacker Richarlison that ‘there’s too much talk coming from his agent’.
The former Leeds United striker was discussing the Brazilian’s future with Football Insider.
The Athletic‘s Adam Crafton claimed during the summer transfer window that ‘certain people’ at Paris Saint-Germain had identified Richarlison as their preferred replacement if Kylian Mbappe was to leave.
The French maestro was the subject of a £171.7m offer from Real Madrid on the final day of trading, but he will remain at the Parc des Princes until January at the earliest.
Richarlison has scored 43 goals and provided 10 assists in 122 appearances for Everton since he joined in 2018. He has now been capped 32 times by Brazil and helped his country win Olympic gold in Tokyo during the summer (via Transfermarkt).
Whelan suspects that Everton are unhappy with what he sees as engagement with potential suitors, but he doubts that a move will materialise ‘quickly’ for the 24-year-old, who he urged to ‘concentrate on football’.
He told Football Insider: “Richarlison’s agent has been a very busy man. I’m sure Everton aren’t very impressed with his movements because he is under contract.
Whelan later added: “Right now, there’s too much talk coming from his agent. He needs to concentrate on football.
“I don’t think he will be going anywhere quickly.
“These talks are a little bit disrespectful to the club if you ask me.”
Richarlison still has just under three years left to run on his Everton contract, so you’d imagine that there would be a substantial price tag on his head for the moment.
It does feel inevitable that he’ll move on from Goodison Park at some point, but it’s at little surprising that some figures at PSG are so keen on him. His return of seven Premier League goals from 34 games last season doesn’t exactly scream a like-for-like Mbappe replacement, with the latter scoring 27 Ligue 1 goals in three league games fewer than the Brazilian in 2020/21.
Whelan’s advice to Richarlison about concentrating on his football seems a fair one when those figures are taken into account.
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