28/09/2021; 2:08 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
The summer produced a lot of intrigues, with many expected moves failing to happen due to the stubbornness of some club owners. It has put the futures of many players unclear.
An example of one of those moves is Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who was a person of interest for Manchester City. The move failed to materialize, meaning that a Spurs move for Danny Ings did not happen.
At the tail end of the summer transfer window, Real Madrid made an ambitious move for Kylian Mbappe, with a bid of over £200 million for the 22-year-old striker. A successful bid for Mbappe would have meant PSG looking to replace their star forward. Richarlison was one of the names touted to replace the Frenchman.
Richarlison is not a prolific forward and has never managed 20 leagues per season. His best tally is 13, which he did in two successive seasons for Everton. He achieved this tally in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons. Despite his poor scoring form, the Brazilian has attracted attention from some of Europe’s top clubs.
The failure of Real Madrid to snare Mbappe meant that Richarlison remained at Goodison Park. The clouds are yet to clear on his future, and the Brazilian has said as much himself.
In a recent interview with Ole, Richarlison said he was unsure of the future. Commenting further, the Brazilian said if the time comes to go, he is ready. He, however, believes the move has to be good for both him and the club.
The 24-year-old forward, however, insisted that he was at home at Everton with unquestioned affection for the club.
In the past, Richarlison was linked with several top clubs across Europe. Top of the bill is Paris Saint Germain, following the interest shown in one of their stars. PSG failed to follow up their interest in the Everton striker after the Mbappe move did not happen. The Richarlison interest may, however, not be dead in the water. The reason is that Mbappe, who is still to renew at PSG, will become a free agent in January 2022.
Richarlison, who scored seven Premier League goals last season, is still heavily favoured to replace the Frenchman whenever he departs.
In January 2020, following the departure of Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid, Barcelona showed an interest in the striker in a purported £85 million bid. The upheavals at the Catalan club ensured that it didn’t go beyond speculation.
Richarlison was back at Everton after his contributions to the Brazilian national team, where they finished runners-up at the Copa America and won gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
He said, pending his move away from Everton, he will give everything for the shirt and the fans who have been supportive of him.