It has been reported that Spurs were looking at bringing in the Brazilian international this summer, which would likely see him compete with Harry Kane and Dejan Kulusevski for a spot in Spurs’ forward line under Antonio Conte.
Richarlison has been very heavily tipped to leave Everton this summer and has even reportedly told the club he wishes to leave, and if Spurs – with Champions League football – came knocking, that could be difficult to turn down.
Jones has confirmed Spurs’ interest in Richarlison, but also believes that it may accelerate in the coming weeks.
He said: “It’s this forward position that they’ve really, really struggled with. This has been an ongoing conversation for, like, 18 months now about who is the guy that can come in and take Kane’s place if it’s ever needed, but also who can play in and around him.
Should Spurs spend £50m on Richarlison?
“So we’ll have to wait and see whether Richarlison ends up being that guy, but certainly, there is an interest there and it might be that that accelerates in the next couple of weeks.”
TIF Thoughts on Spurs’ interest in Richarlison…
While Richarlison, who was called ‘magnificent’ by Michael Brown, would arrive at Spurs as a pretty reliable goalscorer in the Premier League, with 66 goal involvements in 173 appearances for both Watford and Everton, the fact he would seemingly cost £50m only to play backup to Kane could be seen as slightly excessive.
However, Conte will surely know that addressing the striker department is a big thing this summer, as last season, the club went through an entire campaign with just one senior striker in the form of Kane, who next season, will have a World Cup midway through to compete in, meaning he may have a higher chance of picking up an injury, so biting the bullet on Richarlison’s price tag could be deemed necessary.