This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
When 22-year-old forward Richarlison moved to Goodison Park from Watford in a deal potentially worth £50m, many eyebrows were raised, given his debut season in the Premier League where he scored just five goals in 41 games in all competitions.
Indeed, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson was one of those who voiced his concerns, claiming it was “a lot of money” for him and that his final few appearances for the Hornets didn’t warrant such a high fee (90 min).
However, 26 goals and six assists in 70 games for Everton has seen the Brazilian now enhance his reputation and somewhat prove those doubters wrong, gaining interest in the past from the likes of Barcelona.
Having been signed to the Merseyside club by Marco Silva, the lively attacker is playing under the guidance of former AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti, who replaced the Portuguese just before the turn of 2020.
Expected to play a key part in Ancelotti’s squad when football returns and next season, any potential future interest from the likes of Barca is expected to be rebuffed.
Barca, who were said to have bid £85m in January, put a huge valuation on the Brazil international’s shoulders, but just how much is he worth in today’s market?
Transfermarkt, a website who value players based on their performances, have given Richarlison a value of £46.8m, which is actually a drop from his previous valuation of £54m although recent global events are likely to be the reason for that rather than his displays on the pitch.
Whilst Ancelotti is unlikely to sell the forward anytime soon, Everton do know that they have one of the most valuable players in the Premier League within their ranks, and that value would potentially only rise to what Barca did offer, given the inflation in transfer fees over the last few transfer windows.
At such a young age, 22, Richarlison certainly has a big future ahead of him, and he could potentially double that almost £50m in the next couple of years and bring in a huge profit for the Toffees.
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