Tottenham have completed the signing of Everton striker Richarlison in a deal worth £60m, with the Brazilian signing a five-year contract at Spurs.
Tottenham offered £40million in writing at 4pm on Wednesday and Everton chairman Bill Kenwright initially left, believing the offer was insufficient.
But a deal was then struck, with the north London side paying an initial fee of £50m with a further £10m added as Richarlison completed his medical from Spurs in Brazil.
Everton were unhappy with the overall £60m package but had to accept the fee to ensure Frank Lampard has some breathing 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 agreeing a loan deal for Clement Lenglet from Barcelona, as they are in advanced talks with Middlesbrough to sign Djed Spence.
Everton are said to be under pressure to comply with Premier League profit and sustainability rules before the end of their fiscal year, which was midnight on July 1.
Following the confirmation of the move, Richarlison posted on social media: “It’s very difficult to say goodbye to a place that has become my home, to fans who have welcomed me as if I were one of them and to a club that treated me kindly and helped me develop my sense of community and empathy.
“No words and all the love I have for this club are enough to thank you.
“We’ll see you along the way! Love you Evertonians.”
Chelsea were considering rivaling Tottenham for Richarlison, one of several options the Blues are considering to improve their front line.
Chelsea are in talks with Leeds over a deal for Richarlison’s compatriot Raphinha, with the Blues ready to pay over £50million to complete the deal, and are interested in Man City’s Raheem Sterling and Barcelona’s soon-to-be-missing Ousmane Dembele. of contract.
Meanwhile, Tottenham have cooled their interest in Everton winger Anthony Gordon after the Merseyside club indicated in talks with Spurs that they did not want to sell the 21-year-old. It is understood that Spurs have made a combined offer for Richarlison and Gordon during talks.
‘Spurs are building up quite a strong strike force’
Sky Sports’ Alan Smith:
“It’s a lot for Spurs. Obviously, with Antonio Conte and the strong position he is in to get them through to the Champions League, he’s an ambitious manager and he would have asked for money to strengthen the team, and he clearly has it.
“The deal with Richarlison is interesting. He doesn’t strike me immediately as a Conte player but he’s a very talented lad and he has a great desire for the game. However, he can blow hot and cold, as well as his temper, so I’m sure Conte will try to capture that.
“Where will he play? When you buy him for that amount of money, you assume he will play, so it will probably be on the right side with Heung-Min Son on the left and Harry Kane in the middle.
“It’s quite a punch if they can harness Richarlison’s abilities.”
Why Richarlison is worth every penny
The man affectionately nicknamed O Pombo [Portuguese for ‘the pigeon’] because of its purpose, the celebration has spread its wings.
Richarlison is now a role model for millions in Brazil as the country’s number 9 and has once again flown into the nest. His rise in the football ladder has no limits.
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Spurs in talks over Lenglet loan
Tottenham are in talks on a loan deal for Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet, but he is not the club’s only centre-back this summer.
A move to Spurs has been described as Lenglet’s likeliest destination by a source familiar with the negotiations, should the France international be set to leave the Nou Camp this summer.
However, a deal isn’t close yet, with the 27-year-old not the only Spurs centre-back to inquire as he looks to add a left foot 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 has been told a deal is getting closer and could be done by the weekend.
Talks for the right-back, who spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest, center on an initial fee of £15m plus add-ons.
The England U21 right-back wants to move to north London with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy reportedly personally leading the club’s pursuit of the 21-year-old.
Atletico offer to sign Emerson on loan
Atletico Madrid have offered to sign Tottenham defender Emerson Royal on a season-long loan.
As things stand, Spurs have no intention of allowing Emerson, who joined last summer from Barcelona for £25.8m, to leave.
Atletico tried to sign him last summer but he opted to join Spurs instead, signing a five-year contract.
Tottenham’s fixtures in the 2022/23 Premier League
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 face north London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates on October 1 with the second leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 14.
The newly promoted first team against Tottenham is Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on August 27, followed by a midweek evening trip to London rivals West Ham on August 30.
Tottenham’s final game before the season’s break for the Winter World Cup in Qatar will be at home against Leeds on November 12, with Spurs returning to the Premier League on Boxing Day in Brentford.
Tottenham will face back-to-back 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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