After securing a spot in UEFA Champions League next season, Tottenham Hotspur decided to make some serious investments this summer in order to stay there. The latest is the acquisition of Everton’s star forward Richarlison for a reported £50 million ($60.8 million) plus add-ons.
Influential soccer insider Fabrizio Romano reported on Thursday that Tottenham had its bid formally accepted by Everton and already reached personal terms with Richarlison. The 25-year-old Brazilian now only needs to wrap up his medical to make the deal official.
Richarlison has been a revelation since joining Everton in 2018 from Watford. He quickly established himself as the club’s best player and scored 53 goals and added 14 assists in all competitions. This included 10 goals and five assists in 2021-22 as he helped Everton avoid relegation from Premier League.
Richarlison’s inspiring performances at Goodison Park prompted interest from many clubs in recent months, including Chelsea and Barcelona. However, Chelsea recently turned to Richarlison’s fellow Brazilian Raphinha, while Barca’s financial troubles prevent it from spending too much money on transfers. This allowed Tottenham to swoop in and quickly close the deal to give their head coach Antonio Conte another legitimate star on the roster.
Spurs have been active this summer, bringing in midfielder Yves Bissouma from Brighton and signing winger Ivan Perisic and goalkeeper Fraser Forster on a free transfer. They are pursuing several other players at the moment, with center-back being the most pressing position of need.