talkSPORT host Alan Brazil and former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino have questioned reports linking FC Barcelona with an £85million bid for Everton forward Richarlison.
Reports by Sky Sports claimed the La Liga giants had offered €100m (£84.5m) for the 22-year-old ahead of Friday’s deadline, having lost Luis Suarez for the next four months following knee surgery.
Sporting Director Eric Abidal is believed to be a long-standing admirer of Richarlison having seen approaches denied last summer, and returned to Goodison Park to discuss a deal this week as he sees the Brazilian as someone who would complement Suarez’s style of play at the Camp Nou.
Brazil and Cascarino do not believe Barcelona would bid as much for Richarlison, though, and the former Chelsea striker is adamant that Everton would have been glad to accept such a figure for our 5 ft 10 star forward if the offer were true.
“I’m not having this,” Brazil stated. “I’m not saying someone’s made it up, but Everton turned down £85m bid for Richarlison from Barcelona as [Carlo] Ancelotti desperately tries to keep hold of star man in January? No chance, not having it.”
“Especially if you look at transfers over the last few seasons,” Cascarino replied. “We had them crazy ones 18-months ago – [Philippe] Coutinho, Neymar deals – I don’t see anyone going close to £85m and Everton are not turning it down.”
“No chance,” Brazil added. “Honestly, I like him, he scored a great goal a couple of weeks ago, [but] £85m? Not a hope in hell.”
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Coutinho moved to Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018 for £142m, with the Anfield natives landing a British record £105m as an upfront instalment.
Neymar is the current worlds most expensive player having set Paris Saint-Germain back €222m (£187.2m) in 2017, when he left the Camp Nou for the French capital where he would soon be joined by the worlds second-most expensive player Kylian Mbappe at €145m (£122.3m) plus €35m (£29.5m) in add-ons.
Everton selling Richarlison for the alleged €100m claimed by Sky would represent a 69% profit on the club-record potential £50m paid to Watford in 2018, which has returned 24 goals in 65 appearances in all competitions.
Barca’s rumoured approach has since been refuted, however, with club chiefs reportedly ‘absolutely emphatic’ that the offer is ‘nonsense’.