Richarlison was the leading light that turned our sluggish start to life under Marco Silva around, but the Brazilian international has now been linked with a move to FC Barcelona by ESPN.
They are reporting that the forward is one of a number of targets being considered as Luis Suarez’s long-term successor at the Camp Nou, after failing to make progress in their interest for Marcus Rashford.
The Manchester United ace is nearing the final year of his contract at Old Trafford, but sources inside the Red Devils have made it clear to ESPN that the England international will not be sold under any circumstances.
Barcelona executives have also made it clear that they will not force a transfer for the 21-year-old if United look to tie him down to an extended contract.
Should that happen, it is claimed that Richarlison and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic will be considered to fill Suarez’s boots in Catalunya, although the Serbian is not currently their top target.
It is not stated whether their main alternative to Rashford will be Richarlison, but what is known by ESPN is that Barcelona are not currently considering a bid for the Brazilian.
When word of Barcelona’s interest in Richarlison was shared on the Grand Old Team forum, this is what some of you had to say…
“Sell if we can make a good profit. Convinced by his potential but not his attitude. Besides if his mate from Watford gets the boot at Christmas he might sulk.” – 4737Carlin (March 27, 03:55)
“Well if that lot got 150m for the little midget [Coutinho] we want Neymar money.” – MarcelsGoat (March 27, 04:06)
“If they want to send us crazy money, I suppose. But for a kid his age and his potential, it better be a BIG number.” – Crimhead (March 27, 04:42)
“’13 goals for a striker is above-average for mid-table territory’ Which striker are you referring to?” – Zatara (March 27, 05:56)
“Of course Barcelona want Richarlison. Of course they do.” – Mikeh72 (March 27, 06:02)
“I would want more than what Cout went for. They only got around £92 million in the end. He needs to win the boat race and Ryder cup for the full £140 mill to be paid.” – Pabbers (March 27, 07:17)