Tottenham have completed the signing of Everton striker Richarlison in a deal worth £60m, with the Brazilian signing a five-year deal at Spurs.
Tottenham offered £40m in writing at 4pm on Wednesday and Everton chairman Bill Kenwright initially left, believing the offer to be insufficient.
But a deal was later struck, with the North London side paying an initial £50m with a further £10m in add-ons when Richarlison completed his Spurs medical in Brazil.
Everton were unhappy with the total £60m package but had to agree to that fee to ensure Frank Lampard had wiggle room in the transfer market.
The 25-year-old becomes Spurs’ fourth summer signing after Fraser Forster, Ivan Perisic and Yves Bissouma. Tottenham are also closing in on a loan deal for Clement Lenglet from Barcelona, while they are in advanced talks with Middlesbrough to sign Djed Spence.
Everton are understood to be under pressure to align with the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules before the end of their fiscal year, which was midnight on July 1.
Chelsea were considering rivaling Tottenham for Richarlison, one of several options the Blues are considering to improve their front row.
Chelsea are in talks with Leeds over a deal for Richarlison’s compatriot Raphinha, with the Blues prepared to pay more than £50m to close the deal, and have interest in Man City’s Raheem Sterling and Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, which will soon be out. of contract
Meanwhile, Tottenham have cooled their interest in Everton winger Anthony Gordon after the Merseyside club indicated during talks with Spurs that they did not want to sell the 21-year-old. The Spurs are understood to have made a combined offer for Richarlison and Gordon during discussions.
‘Spurs building a great attacking force’
Alan Smith of Sky Sports:
“It’s a big deal for Spurs. Obviously with Antonio Conte and the strong position he is in having qualified them for the Champions League, he is an ambitious manager and would have demanded money to strengthen the team, and he clearly has it.” .
“The Richarlison deal is interesting. He doesn’t immediately strike me as a Conte player, but he’s a very talented guy and has a great desire for the game. He can blow hot and cold though, temperamentally too, so I’m sure Conte will try to control it.
“Where will he play? When you buy him for that kind of money, you’re assuming he’ll play, so he’ll probably be on that right side with Heung-Min Son on the left and Harry Kane in the middle.
“That’s a great attacking force if they can take advantage of Richarlison’s abilities.”
Why Richarlison is worth every penny
The man affectionately nicknamed or pombo [Portuguese for ‘the pigeon’] Due to the celebration of his goal he has spread his wings.
Richarlison is now a role model to millions in Brazil as the country’s number 9 and has flown out of the nest again. His rise up the football ladder has no limits.
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Spurs in talks over Lenglet loan
Tottenham are in talks over the loan of Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet, but he is not the club’s only central target this summer.
A move to Spurs has been described as Lenglet’s most likely destination by a source close to the negotiations, if the French international leaves Camp Nou this summer.
However, a deal is nowhere near yet as the 27-year-old isn’t the only center back Spurs are looking into as they look to add a left-hander to the back three.
Spurs in advanced talks to sign Spence
Tottenham are also in advanced talks with Middlesbrough to sign Djed Spence. Sky sports news He has been told that a deal is getting closer and could be reached by the weekend.
Discussions about the right-back, who spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest, center around a starting fee of £15m plus add-ons.
The England Under-21 right-back wants to move to north London and it is understood that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will personally lead the club’s search for the 21-year-old.
Atlético offers Emerson on loan
Atletico Madrid have made an offer to sign Tottenham defender Emerson Royal on a one-year loan.
As things stand, Spurs have no intention of letting Emerson, who joined last summer from Barcelona for £25.8m, walk away.
Atlético tried to sign him last summer, but he opted to join Spurs, signing a five-year deal.
Tottenham’s 2022/23 Premier League matches
Tottenham will start their 2022/23 Premier League campaign at home to Southampton on August 6, followed by a trip to London rivals Chelsea on August 13.
Antonio Conte’s side, who finished fourth last season to qualify for the Champions League, will take on north London rivals Arsenal at The Emirates on October 1 with the second leg at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. on January 14.
Newly promoted Tottenham’s first face is Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on August 27 and then a midweek evening trip to London’s West Ham on August 30.
Tottenham’s last game before the season break for the winter World Cup in Qatar will be at home to Leeds on November 12, with Spurs returning to Premier League action on Boxing Day in Brentford.
Tottenham face two consecutive London derbies at home in the second half of the season as they host West Ham on February 18 and then Chelsea on February 25.
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