Danny Mills believes that Everton have done the right thing by snubbing Barcelona’s bid for Richarlison.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international suggested that the decision to deny the Spanish giants’ approach for the Brazilian was justified.
Sky Sports have reported that the Toffees flatly rejected an offer of £85 million for the 22-year-old, who is understood to be a long-standing target for Catalan club.
Despite the eye-watering offer, Mills believes that the Blues have made the correct choice.
“Incredible that the offer has clearly been on the table for a few days and nothing had come out,” he told Football Insider.
“Nothing had come out from Barcelona, nothing had come out from agents, and suddenly it’s out there two or three days later and nope, Everton had turned it down.
“I’ve spoken to a few people who have said ‘ooh, £85 million’. Yeah, but who can you get in to replace him at that sort of level?
“He’s an attacking wide player who can play through the middle, he’s scoring goals, he’s young – what’s it going to cost to replace him at this stage? Well, £85-100 million, is the answer – and once people know you’ve got £85 million in the bank, their fee goes up and they’re going to say ‘well you’re desperate now, we’re going to stick another 10%, 15% on the fee.
“This is the wrong time to let him go. Big, bold statement from Everton: ‘hands off, these players are ours, and they’re here to stay’.”
Richarlison joined Everton from Watford in the summer of 2018 for a fee of around £35 million.
The South American has featured 65 times for the Toffees, and has hit 24 goals and six assists.
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