Tottenham’s pursuit of Richarlison poses a double problem for Arsenal
Arsenal were linked with a move for Everton striker Richarlison this summer but Tottenham appear to have stolen the initiative in the race to sign the Brazilian
Arsenal’s summer transfer window hasn’t gotten off to a good start, with transfer target Richarlison reportedly in talks with Tottenham – and things could get worse as a result.
With Eddie Nketiah still negotiating a new contract at the Emirates Stadium, Alexandre Lacazette leaving for Lyon and Folarin Balogun barely tearing up trees on loan at Middlesbrough, Mikel Arteta needs a striker. Many names have been linked to the Gunners, but no plans materialize.
While, on the other side of north London, Spurs wasted no time. They are in ‘advanced talks’ with Everton over the signing of striker Richarlison according to UOL Sportsand he would like to move this summer.
The Brazil international has played a crucial role in the Toffees avoiding relegation this season, scoring 10 goals and assisting five in 30 Premier League appearances. The 25-year-old has already been linked with the Gunners this summer, although it looks like Spurs have stolen the initiative in the race to secure his signature.
But there’s an almighty knock-on effect to Tottenham’s Richarlison landing that inevitably makes keeping Dominic Calvert-Lewin a priority for Everton. Arsenal were linked with the England international in January – having failed to sign Dusan Vlahovic – and may have been tempted to rekindle their interest in the striker this summer.
However, Everton boss Frank Lampard will want to ensure at least one of his forwards stays at Goodison Park ahead of next season. The former Chelsea manager will ensure he can prove his worth in the dugout by at least helping the Toffees finish mid-table, while showing he can be effective in the transfer area as well.
Questions have been raised over Everton’s ownership this season due to their huge investment which has failed to deliver results. And fans have caused such a stir that owner Farhad Moshiri recently released a statement apologizing for the transfer incidents and promising a better future.
He wrote: “Mistakes were made and for that I want to apologize to all of you,” the owner said in an open letter to supporters. It has not been enough and we must do better.
“You have given us incredible support that has helped us cross the line when we needed it most, and we need to repay that support and show that lessons have been learned.” So would an owner looking to ‘repay’ fans with an exciting future be halfway there with two of the club’s top talents in the space of a few months? It’s unlikely.
Arsenal will have a whole host of other names they plan to add to their ranks and be the long-term No.9 option that Arteta is so desperate to sign. However, Calvert-Lewin is a proven option at this level and would be a step in the right direction for the Gunners as they look to build a side that can compete for silverware, and given that he is 25, it is still likely to progress and improve over time.