Sky Sports have claimed that Everton rejected what would have been an opening bid by Barça (equating to roughly £85m) for the 22-year-old who is into double figures for goals for the second season running at Goodison Park.
However, MailSport say that the dismissal of the talk from Everton has been emphatic while Paddy Boyland of The Athletic has tweeted that contacts at both clubs have poured cold water on the report.
The Brazilian star has been mentioned as a potential target for the Spanish giants in recent months but while Barcelona apparently made tentative inquiries about his availability last summer, there had been no reports of imminent interest from the Nou Camp in acquiring his services until today.
Richarlison is also an established Brazil international and is viewed as a star for the future given his relatively young age. Barcelona are believed to be looking for striking reinforcements in the wake of Luis Suarez's injury and recently failed in an attempt to sign Rodrigo from Valencia.
Everton paid a fee that will end up being in the region of £40m to acquire him from Watford in 2018 and it is thought that the club value him in excess of £100m.
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1 Posted 29/01/2020 at 17:52:06
3 Posted 29/01/2020 at 17:54:24
On another note and I am sure some posters with knowledge with ffp, could we not do a Barcelona, sell him for £50 Million, with a buy back clause for the same amount, bring Soares in for £30 Million, then when Niasse, Martina, Tosun and hopefully a few others off our wage bill, we could buy him back next year.
4 Posted 29/01/2020 at 17:54:53
5 Posted 29/01/2020 at 17:55:01
6 Posted 29/01/2020 at 17:56:07
Been rejected but a bit like Gueye, they will come back, in the summer if they fail now. Will cure our issue with Uefa's financial constraints system !!
7 Posted 29/01/2020 at 17:57:10
8 Posted 29/01/2020 at 17:58:04
I can see us bringing in one or two now, why else say it??
9 Posted 29/01/2020 at 17:59:49
10 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:00:37
11 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:03:03
12 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:07:27
13 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:11:19
Very handy for our club to sell late in the window and have no chance to spend any money so late.
If this had happened earlier, we would have been under pressure to buy a replacement.
On the other hand, we may have a couple of deals on the back-burner and not wanted anyone getting wind of this, or our sellers will bump up the prices knowing what we are getting for Richi.
We lost Lukaku, Gueye and without European footy, we are bound to lose Richi.
14 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:11:37
15 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:11:50
Also, cant Gomes, Digne and Mina tell him how dreams can become a nightmare and hes best staying put?
16 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:12:16
I'd like to see us keep him one more season, because his value will only skyrocket, but under the current circumstances a stronger bid in the summer might be too much for Brands to resist.
18 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:19:17
Rich isn't Deulofeu. He'd make it there.
19 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:19:31
Would we swap him plus £25m for them 3, yes we would.
He wont be sold now Im almost certain. Next summer... if he finishes the year off with a few goals and good attitude then probably, l can see him going. Hed double his wages, be playing CL. Of course hed miss the rain and the pies but he will go if they are still in for him.
If you want to progress you keep your best players. I dont know if he is our best by a country mile... he could be, and that would be shame if we dont have him in his prime.
The redshite have proven that you can sell your best players and come back even stronger. However, we are Everton and that needs no further comment...
20 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:20:02
21 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:22:46
£85m would buy us three quality players Bollocks! Average players are £40m
22 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:30:24
If he could attract better let him go for £100 million.
23 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:31:25
Barcelona may come back with an improved offer and one day we might have to let him go (he and his agent might force it and you couldn't blame them if they did) but that cannot possibly be this season. Hope it's never.
24 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:32:28
25 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:32:52
If so, its probably £85m worth of players from the Barça bargain bin, ie the likes of Rakitic.
If it is players, Id insist on Dembele in part exchange (he wants out).
The thing is, for Barça, where would this leave Ansu Fati? He looks sensational. Surely Barcelona need a number 9, not a left forward?
26 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:38:08
27 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:40:00
If we was struggling for cash and had some decent players lined up then I would say £85m is a good price for someone we paid half that for 2years ago.
Like I said pointless cashing in on him unless someone or similar quality is coming in. I'd take £100m if we can get zaha in for around £60m but Zaha hasn't been the same player this year I don't think and maybe that ship has sailed.
Can we not stick Niasse in a Richarlison shirt and send him over instead?
28 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:40:30
29 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:42:01
30 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:44:29
Yes, Fati is brilliant, but he's 17 and skinnier than a bird feeder. No way he can stand up to the pounding of a full-time schedule. And he, Greizmann and Messi are currently Barca's only healthy forwards. They're desperate.
31 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:44:44
32 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:45:09
If they don't land Richi, they are likely to move on and sign someone else, and so not come back in the summer.
33 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:45:56
Make no mistake the plan is to sell him
Follows on from
34 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:46:30
35 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:50:39
36 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:51:08
37 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:52:12
38 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:53:04
39 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:53:19
So sad. Would Liverpool fans be made up if Mane or Salah were targeted? Or Utd fans with Rashford? Or Spurs with Kane? No.
No way should be sell. He's our best player, still young and only going to get better. After the World Cup in Qatar this guy Will be one of the top forward players in the world, playing for one of the favourites. And some of our fans are quite happy to sell. Unbelievable.
40 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:57:42
We've got to trust Ancelloti to get the very best price for him and spend the money wisely. The saving grace in all this is, we've got the upper hand.
41 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:58:32
42 Posted 29/01/2020 at 18:58:50
43 Posted 29/01/2020 at 19:02:55
44 Posted 29/01/2020 at 19:04:47
Great for the lad if its true, but the grass aint always greener, look at Coutinho..maybe it will drive him to play even better. Lets hope so starting this Saturday, and his first hat Rick for EFC.
If EFC, does have genuine intentions, to develop a top team, then keep Charlie, try and get Allan.
I doubt well get any one now whose a proven talent, but in Carlo we trust.
Hopefully we may be able to offload some of the deadwood, with a bit of luck.
The learning from pot shotting transfer buys under the Clogg, has a negative long term impact to EFC.
Lessons learnt surely, by the EFC, board?
45 Posted 29/01/2020 at 19:05:55
46 Posted 29/01/2020 at 19:06:04
47 Posted 29/01/2020 at 19:07:04
Id take 60m plus Messi.
48 Posted 29/01/2020 at 19:11:40
49 Posted 29/01/2020 at 19:12:12
50 Posted 29/01/2020 at 19:12:31
Perhaps Barcelona will go for Barnes
51 Posted 29/01/2020 at 19:13:11
52 Posted 29/01/2020 at 19:13:29
53 Posted 29/01/2020 at 19:20:09
54 Posted 29/01/2020 at 19:25:46
56 Posted 29/01/2020 at 19:32:26
It shows the importance of good scouting and buying young talent with sell on value to soften the blow-should it happen.
57 Posted 29/01/2020 at 19:35:42
58 Posted 29/01/2020 at 19:45:00
59 Posted 29/01/2020 at 19:55:38
He is a perfect compliment for DCL too, they have both improved for it. If we want top 4 this partnership needs to fully blossom at ages 23-26. We can get Champions League football and trophies if these two continue to flourish at Everton along with Moise Kean , Mason Holgate , JJK , and Tom ( if he literally ‘pulls his socks up ‘) . I think Tony Gordon will step up too as a permanent me of the above club.
Its a perfect storm for us of potential being realised right before our eyes. I want to see the blossoms on the trees and not a fallow field.
At board room level these partnerships should be locked in policy wise. They are key to the immediate and medium term future of the club.
60 Posted 29/01/2020 at 19:57:25
61 Posted 29/01/2020 at 19:57:41
62 Posted 29/01/2020 at 20:00:47
He's just signed a new contract and the Club ave no need or desire to sell.
Good because he's quality and by far our best player.
63 Posted 29/01/2020 at 20:05:34
It would be an interesting topic for a thesis for someone to track these stories and see what percentage actually occur.
I am sure some patterns could be found linking certain agents, clubs, journalists, newspapers etc.
We already know some of the factors in play: players going on international duty used to provide the Fergusons of this world with an opportunity to get some of his players to tell other players how much he admired them, and then report back on any reaction.
I recall how many of us had mixed feelings the moment Wayne Rooney went off to join England and their players. We were all absolutely sure no-one ever discussed his future away from Everton during these jaunts
64 Posted 29/01/2020 at 20:08:09
65 Posted 29/01/2020 at 20:10:09
However, at his age and with the length of his contract we can play hardball for another season or even two. Keep him as long as possible!
66 Posted 29/01/2020 at 20:11:03
67 Posted 29/01/2020 at 20:11:26
The spark and sounds of axes being ground married to parochial self-interest.
68 Posted 29/01/2020 at 20:22:32
If we are serious about getting back into the big time we must find a way to keep him.
69 Posted 29/01/2020 at 20:36:26
70 Posted 29/01/2020 at 20:44:40
71 Posted 29/01/2020 at 21:00:31
If we sell Richarlison though we may as well just all pack up and go home.
Its bad enough we havent added to an embarrassingly poor squad in this window, but to sell our best player into the bargain as well would be the final straw for me.
72 Posted 29/01/2020 at 21:10:35
There aint many stand out players that are available to us.
A playee like Richarlison costing 100m shows how difficult it is to bring in the right players as he is nowhere near a complete player.
73 Posted 29/01/2020 at 21:17:33
Now if there is genuine interest from Barca and Richarlison wanted to go, and we all know the pull Barcelona have for Brazilians. Provided Ancelotti was happy to let him go in the summer then seeing as Barcelona paid £145 million for Courtinho then for a young gifted striker like Richarlison we have to be talking in excess of that figure.
74 Posted 29/01/2020 at 21:38:58
75 Posted 29/01/2020 at 21:48:46
If we do allow Richi to for £85m, it may not be this window as many other have pointed out. Probably preemptive for the summer window. HOwever, I'd humbly suggest we hold out for £100m plus!
Also, this may give legs to the Everton Soares (LS attacker) story. Sell Richi for £85m,working on the lower figure, buy Soares for £25m, and keep £60m in the bank to offset the £30m credit we are going to lose in the P&S count for Y3 where we had a £30m credit, rather than debits and losses.
Still leaves us with £30m to spend, and when the players who leave in the summer go, their wages gives us enough wriggle room, to bring in one or two more quality players. Plus, hopefully, we'll have Gomes and Gbamin back to, oh and Beni.
Slowly build the foundations now, for the future.
I wouldn't mind swapping Richi for Soares, and bank some cash for the future.
76 Posted 29/01/2020 at 21:55:14
If Richarlison wants to leave then we all know he will get his wish, however this practise of selling our best player has been going on for as long as we all can remember and if our owner is serious about ever challenging for CL then this has to stop.
How do you convince your best players to stay at a club like us would be very difficult to say the least.
I believe Real Madrid, PSG or Man City will be ahead of Barcelona when the time comes, hopefully not for a season or two.
77 Posted 29/01/2020 at 21:56:16
78 Posted 29/01/2020 at 22:04:36
Obviously the clubs buying have to pay big time to get players out of their contracts.
When the bigger clubs come in players heads are turned and you have to let them go because they will never be the same.
We saw it with the likes of Rooney, Lukaku and now Richarlison is a target.
Since the sixties it's always been about big money through advertising and television and there is very little loyalty by the players and who can blame them. Their careers can be quite short in the big time especially when they get a serious injury.
No club has suffered more that Southampton who have had to lose so many players to bigger clubs in recent years.
79 Posted 29/01/2020 at 22:25:57
80 Posted 29/01/2020 at 22:29:32
We need to take the same approach Liverpool did with Coutinho - set the price and stick with it.
When Coutinho left he was Liverpools best player and I (plus a few reds I know) thought they would struggle to replace him. Sadly History tells Us a different story.
81 Posted 29/01/2020 at 22:31:54
82 Posted 29/01/2020 at 22:38:37
83 Posted 29/01/2020 at 22:47:55
84 Posted 29/01/2020 at 23:14:07
85 Posted 29/01/2020 at 23:43:13
Christy #74, because he wanted to realize his CL dream and had been promised he could -- and he earned it with superior play. He kept up his end, and so did the club.
86 Posted 29/01/2020 at 23:50:23
Looking like a quiet window. Think theres been a few decent deals to be done; Palacios and Bergwijn are two players who could have helped us a fair bit but guess Brands is keeping his powder dry till the summer.
87 Posted 29/01/2020 at 23:50:53
88 Posted 30/01/2020 at 00:09:44
89 Posted 30/01/2020 at 00:28:51
We are serial offenders for selling and no replacement.
Would you bet your house against it? - No, of course not.
United find a decent DoF and Coach, I could see DCL going too.
As to Club policy, I wonder what Ancelotti was told?...we all know how it goes, sing along, all together now...'Money can't buy you Stones'
90 Posted 30/01/2020 at 00:33:02
At the time of announcement of the new contract, like most Twebbers, I started to question the 'why' of this early renewal. Maybe, just maybe, this was all a part of setting up Everton's negotiation strength? Perhaps there had been some interest received from the likes of Barca?
(Conspiracy theory one!)
91 Posted 30/01/2020 at 02:18:06
Charley has also just signed a new 5 year deal which may have an agreed future transfer fee - it would definitely be more than £100 million given his age and the number of internationals he has already played.
If Barca are skint and shopping on the pound store, lets offer Schneiderlin. They can have him for a pint of lager and a packet of crisps.
92 Posted 30/01/2020 at 02:45:35
93 Posted 30/01/2020 at 03:19:33
94 Posted 30/01/2020 at 04:24:50
I honestly believe theres a bright future with these kids. And I believe were not a selling Club any longer.
If we sell him, we hit the reset button. The reset button was left behind when we hired Carlo, and with Moshri pairing with Usmanov. I truly believe this type of selling is a thing of the past, unless Brands thinks it makes strategic sense to actually improve the squad.
And thats how the DOF makes the big bucks! Well see.
95 Posted 30/01/2020 at 05:02:12
96 Posted 30/01/2020 at 06:43:52
The offering of Richarlison a new contract was in no way 'and early contract renewal', but yes, maintaining the value of our best player.
With players like him, you don't wait until they have 2 years left on their contract to renew, you're just asking for trouble if you do.
97 Posted 30/01/2020 at 07:08:29
Every club in the world is a selling club and every player has their price.
Reality is that Richarlison will go nowhere until the summer and if we get offered anything upwards of £100mil we should snap their hands off.
Yes hes quality but is he irreplaceable??
98 Posted 30/01/2020 at 07:14:49
The whole history of the club for the last sixty years is about selling the best players
As for all of these players that were sold wanting to be sold anyway, well they would say that, wouldnt they !
99 Posted 30/01/2020 at 07:20:17
If its true, which I very much doubt a call to Neymar and Coutinho should be enough to put him off.
100 Posted 30/01/2020 at 07:25:58
101 Posted 30/01/2020 at 09:00:42
102 Posted 30/01/2020 at 09:17:28
Your second paragraph speaks volumes.
Many more have also failed and found themselves on the bench or out of favour.
Stay put lad, the grass isnt always greener on the other side of the fence.
103 Posted 30/01/2020 at 09:35:45
Desperately trying to find the positives, and I guess the only one is that Kean might prove to be an even better player in time.
104 Posted 30/01/2020 at 09:36:04
105 Posted 30/01/2020 at 09:49:42
Sheffield United will be getting a very decent player in Sander Berge and other talented central midfielders who have moved include Palacios to Leverkusen and Guimaraes to Lyon; neither expensive.
I'd have thought we'd definitely be getting a central midfielder but perhaps the decent results and Gomes seemingly recovering quickly has put paid to that.
106 Posted 30/01/2020 at 10:12:49
Carlo is busy building a new side, so selling our best player is not a option, yet,
If Richie keeps improving, and most signs are pointing in that direction, then there will come a time that Barca (or another team) might bid silly money, say 150m.
Then we can assess.
Agree Mike @88, I didn't expect that much money for Bergwijn, and seems too much.
PSV are a mess at the moment, as opposed to Marcel Brand's other team, AZ, who have found themselves after stumbling, and still only 3 points behind Ajax.
107 Posted 30/01/2020 at 10:38:46
He's probably our only top class, almost world class player. Therfore our biggest asset and we need to maximise him for the good of the team or his price for the recruitment spree.
1 player doesn't make a team but an unhappy player can ruin it.
If it ever happens I can't blame players. Maximum money and chances of silver ware at one of the worlds biggest and best clubs.
108 Posted 30/01/2020 at 12:28:13
If it is true then he will probably want to go there, you wouldn't blame him for that.
Its not perhaps that straight forward of a decision on his part though, does he want to be king of the castle here or sat on the bench at Barca a lot of the time.
109 Posted 30/01/2020 at 12:49:02
110 Posted 30/01/2020 at 13:02:08
Sure same team that bottled is at Anfield so maybe Richie should go to the European champions and soon to be English champions...
111 Posted 30/01/2020 at 13:26:54
Barcelona had Messi on the ball in the 6 yard box with just Alysson to beat. Instead of just popping it into the net Messi must have had a bout of sympathy for Dembele who was stood slap in front of the net and 6 yards out. Dembele had been having an awful first season; he'd also had a dreadful last 10 minutes as a sub in this game. Cue Messi slipping the ball square to him to do what my mother could have done and put it into the net. Incredibly, with Alysson stood demoralised and rigid on his goalline Dembele then hits the ball straight into his arms with a feeble 'shot'. Messi showed his disgust, probably realising that he'd made a mistake in not scoring himself.
The rest is history.
112 Posted 30/01/2020 at 13:54:13
If we do indeed sell, and I don't believe we will, but if it made strategic sense to?
I'd argue the "strike price" is 120 million, and let Brands find 3 young gems for 30 to 40 million to backfill.
Again, if it makes us a better team, we should do it. But I simply am not aware of any three players in world football that are available, in a winter window, at the positions we need presently, that would make us better. So even the strategic sell to improve model is flawed, for me.
We're not selling Richarlison. I've seen more than a few posts over the years from people claiming SSN will pump out absolute lies to increase betting on SkyBet. This smacks of that for me.
113 Posted 30/01/2020 at 14:37:54
If we continue what we've done so often, selling our best players approaching or in their prime, then we'll stay where we've been for three decades, midtable. If we really want to progress and win trophies, that kind of thing must stop.
114 Posted 30/01/2020 at 14:52:48
There aren't a lot of potential world class strikers who would come to us for less than 85 Million (if at all).
Getting a goalscorer is our biggest problem over the years. Richarlson is the closest thing we've had to Lukaku's replacement. We finally have a potential 20 goal a season striker whose 22 years, settled and coming into his own. If we have ambition, why the fuck would you sell?
If true then Barca know that he has the potential to become a big thing. He is a genuine goal threat. If we sign Everton then their link up play will be amazing.
Big Fat No. Sell the deadwood... Richarlson stays!
115 Posted 30/01/2020 at 15:52:24
Now, in that instance we can't make a statement signing as a real signal of intent for the footballing world. Perhaps (again, this is purely a figment of my imagination), we could invent a high value bid for our best player from one of the world's biggest clubs and leak it to our friends at Sky. Our statement of intent is then - 'look at us, we are aiming to be one of the big boys and won't be selling to any club for any money'.
This takes the focus away from the fact we can't buy until the summer, but continues the pretence that we are playing with the big boys.
I don't actually believe this, but do enjoy a little conspiracy theory once in a while;-)
116 Posted 30/01/2020 at 16:17:52
117 Posted 30/01/2020 at 16:39:51
118 Posted 30/01/2020 at 16:59:56
119 Posted 30/01/2020 at 17:24:48
Sky are desperate to liven up a particularly flat transfer window which will be overshadowed by Brexit tomorrow night.
120 Posted 30/01/2020 at 20:04:10
We need 3 points on Saturday, lads. Shit idea not getting in Everton Soares and 2 midfielders and a striker... but there ya go, same old Everton.
121 Posted 31/01/2020 at 07:55:02
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