Journalist Paul Brown has claimed that Richarlison may well be willing to leave Everton in the summer due to his ambitions of playing regularly for Brazil.
Richarlison signed for Everton for an initial fee of £35m from Watford in 2018 and has gone on to make 145 appearances in all competitions since, scoring 49 goals and contributing with 13 assists for his side, according to Transfermarkt.
Everton have struggled this term and are still firmly in the relegation battle, as they sit just one place above the drop zone with just three points more than Burnley, who sit third from bottom.
With the poor season for Everton, Brown highlighted to GiveMeSport that the Brazilian may seek a move away from Goodison Park in the summer.
He said: “Richarlison, I’m pretty sure, has been willing to leave Everton for the last couple of windows.
“He’s certainly ambitious; he’s been playing a lot for Brazil. And you can see that if he wants to nail down a starting spot as Brazil’s No.9, he’s going to have to be playing regularly for a team that’s more successful than Everton right now – I can understand that.”
Should Richarlison leave Everton in the summer?
TIF Thoughts on Paul Brown’s comments…
Richarlison is currently valued at £45m by Transfermarkt and has reportedly told his agent that he wants to move away from Everton in the summer. Despite the Toffees’ woes this campaign, the Brazilian forward has been one of the more standout performers in terms of stats for his side in the Premier League.
As per Sofascore, he has the second-highest average player rating in the league (6.97), has the most goal contributions for his side (10), and has created the most ‘big chances’ for his side (5).
Richarlison has been selected in the recent Brazil squads, but with the majority of his teammates playing for club sides competing in European competitions, Richarlison could see his spot taken if he does not move away from Everton and play for a more successful side.