Everton want to keep deals for Richarlison and Tottenham’s Harry Winks separate, which could prove to be a ‘stumbling block’ for the north London club’s attempts to sign the Brazilian, according to Daily Star journalist Paul Brown.
The Lowdown: Winks to Everton?
Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge has said that the Spurs midfielder remains in discussion with Toffees manager Frank Lampard over a potential move to Merseyside ahead of next season. Bridge claims that the Lilywhites are keen on selling the England international this summer, whereas Everton favour a loan deal with an obligation to buy.
However, Tottenham are hoping to use Winks as a bargaining tool in their bid to sign Richarlison, who is currently valued at £50m.
The Latest: Brown’s claim
Brown doesn’t believe that the Toffees will be interested in any type of swap deal involving the two players.
Speaking with GiveMeSport, he claimed: “From Spurs’ point of view it would make it a lot cheaper if they could try and package that all together, but as far as I understand, Everton want it kept totally separate and that might be a stumbling block at the moment.”
The Verdict: Good for Everton
Whilst this will be frustrating for Spurs chief Fabio Paratici in negotiations, it is easy to see why Everton are favouring keeping the two deals separate from one another.
If the Toffees sign Winks on loan and then offload Richarlison for £50m, this will open up funds for Lampard to continue reshaping his squad, adding further reinforcements to what he already has at Goodison Park.
Also, considering how influential the Brazilian was last season as Everton’s top scorer and highest-rated performer from WhoScored, anything which could help the Toffees to keep hold of him ought to be welcomed as good news for the club.
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