Reports by Sky Sports on Wednesday evening claimed that the Brazil forward was a target for the Catalan giants as they chased offensive reinforcements, having lost Luis Suarez for the next four months following knee surgery.
Barca Sporting Director Eric Abidal was also said to have been a long-standing admirer of Richarlison’s skillset, and believes the 22-year-old would complement Suarez’s style of play at the Camp Nou under new boss Quique Setien.
Sky stated that Everton immediately rejected Barcelona’s advances as the board are unwilling to sell one of our prized assets, even though the La Liga heavyweights had offered €100million (£84.5m).
But Boyland and King have both refuted the suggestion that any bid was made, with the Daily Mail reporter stating that the club are ‘absolutely emphatic’ that Sky’s claims are ‘nonsense’.
Would you sell Richarlison for €100m?
Richarlison joined the club from Watford in 2018 for a potential club-record £50million, and has since made 65 appearances in Royal Blue whilst scoring 24 goals and creating six across all competitions.
He was our joint-leading goalscorer in the Premier League last term with 13 strikes to his name, and his early efforts at Goodison Park helped toward a senior Brazil debut against the United States on September 8, 2018.
The Nova Venecia-born forward has since made a further 18 international appearances, and signed a new, long-term contract on Merseyside in December which keeps Richarlison at the club until at least the summer of 2024.
Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to Boyland and King refuting the suggestion that Barca bid €100m for Richarlison…
No sure how it’s not liable. Damages clubs reputations. Potential to unsettle the player and players in both clubs. Could cost the smaller club, Everton, in this case points and millions. All from a lie.
— Liam (@batchybaby) January 29, 2020
Reckon it was just an ‘enquiry’, Paddy? Nothing more than that and never got as far as a formal bid or anything?
— Colin Gillbanks (@cjgillbanks) January 29, 2020
If there was no bid,there wouldnt be a matter to close
— Stu Ely (@StuElyF1EFC) January 29, 2020
100m and we should sell.
— Dwyer (@TonyDwyer__) January 29, 2020
Even if it was true I would take it as an insult , he’s worth double
— Flock75 (@bluethrough1) January 29, 2020
Imagine what Paul Merson will be thinking now!
— Richard Kerley (@fredkerley) January 29, 2020
So there wasn’t a bid is what you’re saying they are saying?
— Roger Mottram (@rogerefc) January 29, 2020
Is it me or has he just signed another contract????? 🤨
— Keith Anderson 🎙 (@Keith_corn_beef) January 29, 2020