Everton expected to accept £50m Richarlison bid as Tottenham 'red flags' raised - pundit
Alan Hutton has tipped Everton to accept a bid of around £50million to sell Richarlison amid reported interest from Tottenham.
The former Spurs defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Toffees would “bite your hand off” to seal a big-money fee for the 25-year-old this summer.
The Telegraph (12 June) claim Everton value the Brazilian well in excess of the £50million they spent on his capture back in 2018, with Tottenham registering their interest.
Richarlison has two years left on his contract and the Toffees are reportedly reluctant to accept less than market value for him despite their financial issues.
Hutton suggested the Everton board would accept breaking even on the attacker to get some money into Goodison Park.
However, he admitted a lack of guaranteed game time at Spurs may be a “red flag” for the Brazil ace.
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Asked if he thought Everton could afford to turn down a £50million bid, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “No, I don’t think so. I always thought, with the situation they’re in, that possibly one of their big hitters would go.
“Whether that was Richarlison or Dominic Calvert-Lewin, it obviously looks at this moment, it’s Richarlison. If you’re talking £50million-plus, I think they would bite your hand off for it. One, to get him off the wage bill and to get that money into the club.
“It could be what they would reinvest without having to dig into their pockets again. It’s an interesting one. Richarlison strikes me as the type who wouldn’t be slow in coming forward to tell the club he wants to leave.
“Especially if you look at Tottenham, they’re in the Champions League now. They’ve got the great training ground, the stadium, they’re going in the right direction.
“The only thing is where does he fit into this team. You’ve got Son, Kulusevski, Kane. Where does he fit into that? Is he going to be backup for Kane or is he going to play instead of Kulusevski?
“It’s up to him to go and prove it but that’s probably the only red flag for him. Does he start week in, week out?”