Updated With Kylian Mbappé reportedly stalling on a new contract and potentially on the way out, it was claimed on Monday that Paris Saint-Germain have made contact with Richarlison's representatives, a situation that escalated on Thursday.
The French giants have been linked with a move for Moise Kean ever since the Italian's season-long loan expired at the end of the 2020-21 campaign but have only signalled an interest in taking him on loan.
Mbappé's potential departure has changed the dynamic, however, and according to RMC Sport in France, PSG now see Richarlison as the ideal replacement with Kean potentially heading back to Juventus.
Both Lucas Sposito at Sport Witness and Guardian contributor Fabrizio Romano say that Everton had yet to receive a bid for the Brazilian and the latter insists that the Blues have no interest in selling.
That appeared to change late on Thursday night, however, when ESPN Brazil reported that Richarlison's agent, Giuliano Bertolucci, was in Paris to negotiate the player's terms with PSG. No fee has been mentioned but the reports inferred that Everton were aware of the situation.
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1 Posted 24/08/2021 at 00:49:06
If they were to pay our asking price then its probably a sensible decision to sell rather than keep a player whose head is likely to have been well and truly turned. And with our FFP problems I should think £80 million (or so) probably takes a great deal of pressure off the club. Hard to know what is the best move as replacing his energy, endeavour and goals will not be easy.
If only PSG were really interested in signing Moise Kean (like some on here claim) then this would give them the ideal chance to bring in him. But they dont really want him - and supposedly Neymar specifically wants Richarlison.
2 Posted 24/08/2021 at 00:59:41
I could see us going back for Zaha if he goes and a right back.
3 Posted 24/08/2021 at 01:05:03
Obviously if PSG want him, Rich will be gone so fast he'll leave barely a vapor trail behind, but a lucrative enough deal could offer Brands a chance to bring in three or four good players.
Should be an interesting few days if true.
4 Posted 24/08/2021 at 01:05:43
Add to that speculation like this & you'll be like the clowns I remember from the circus, spinning more & more plates on a pole, then running round like a nutter trying to keep them all spinning.
I hope Brands has a bloody big whiteboard in his office to remind himself of all the possibilities.
5 Posted 24/08/2021 at 02:13:46
If like me you don't speak French, you can switch to English on the upper right of the screen. The Richi bit is a couple lines below the picture of Mbappe in a hallway.
Apparently, "To overcome any eventuality and anticipate a changing market, PSG has already contacted Richarlison's entourage." Has Richi gone big time on us?
Followed by, "The Brazilian is a friend of Neymar, who blew the name of his compatriot in Paris." Provocative.
6 Posted 24/08/2021 at 03:49:10
7 Posted 24/08/2021 at 04:21:53
8 Posted 24/08/2021 at 05:48:00
For us, if this has legs, get the right money and for once, don't do an Everton. I hate to say, but follow that lot across the park's model and have a replacement lined up.
He says hopefully, but knowing this is Everton! Our sell-to-buy & reinvest strategy has been wanting... to be polite.
9 Posted 24/08/2021 at 06:27:38
10 Posted 24/08/2021 at 06:53:54
Not a classic Brazilian player, but when he's on it he's a real handful. Powerful when cutting in and great in the air. Yes he frustrates at time with theatrics, but he's a very good player.
It's hard to know if he has more in his locker to kick on, or if we are already getting the best he's got. If he goes we certainly need replacement goals in the team, as without James & Sigurdsson we are woefully short.
11 Posted 24/08/2021 at 07:26:06
12 Posted 24/08/2021 at 07:32:41
13 Posted 24/08/2021 at 07:53:38
14 Posted 24/08/2021 at 08:01:13
15 Posted 24/08/2021 at 08:38:01
Im not sure PSG are likely to sell Mbappe at this late stage anyway but this may well be a transfer chain that enacts next summer. Or even January.
16 Posted 24/08/2021 at 09:15:27
17 Posted 24/08/2021 at 09:24:50
18 Posted 24/08/2021 at 09:28:25
If we 'contact a player's entourage' we'd be fined money we don't have for tapping up. But in Uefa it is one rule for the elite, a whole raft of different restrictive rules to keep everyone else in their place.
As everyone and his dog knows our situation, we will be held to ransom on fees and salaries. (£100k per week is not a wage!) If an offer comes in that is not derisory, we have to agree deals for the 3 players we'd have to bring in before any pen is put to the paper.
Most importantly, we have to stick to the kind of contracts that we managed to offer last summer. We can't be left with panic buys on massive sums of money with no motivation to play. The Bernard & Besic model as I believe it is known.
19 Posted 24/08/2021 at 09:49:23
20 Posted 24/08/2021 at 09:59:23
We could certainly live without Richarlison if we spent well the money we got for him.
21 Posted 24/08/2021 at 10:05:31
Patterson is in the Scotland squad at 19 and is being touted as a major talent. We offer £5M which is less than we paid for 16-year-old Gibson 4 years ago. No wonder Gerrard called it a joke. Makes me think it was just a stunt to fool the fans. Pathetic.
22 Posted 24/08/2021 at 10:18:37
They have already had an offer from an EPL side and its widely tipped that our neighbours would love to sign him. I think I read last year that Klopp had actually spoken to Mbappe... now, if that isn't tapping up, I don't know what is.
But it seems as if Mbappe has his heart set on Real Madrid but, seeing they are in the same financial boat as Barca, it looks impossible for them to get anywhere near PSG's valuation.
23 Posted 24/08/2021 at 10:19:05
We're hardly going to go in with a huge bid initially. This highlights our interest to the player.
Or another way of looking at it is that it's a non-story from the paper.
24 Posted 24/08/2021 at 10:34:10
Richarlison is only one option anyway, so I'm not too concerned right now. However, I'd rate him as our best player by a country mile, and he doesn't have a buy-out clause in his contract (or so I've read). We can name our price if it comes to that.
25 Posted 24/08/2021 at 11:36:07
26 Posted 24/08/2021 at 11:59:59
27 Posted 24/08/2021 at 12:04:06
And as the Spanish giants are a bit short on cash right now I wouldn't be surprised if somebody has had a whisper in his ear and offered him an insane personal deal if he sits out this year and moves without a transfer fee next summer.
28 Posted 24/08/2021 at 12:11:36
29 Posted 24/08/2021 at 12:23:25
30 Posted 24/08/2021 at 12:50:10
31 Posted 24/08/2021 at 12:56:42
32 Posted 24/08/2021 at 13:48:56
I wouldn't be surprised to see Mbappe agree to sign a new contract if PSG set a reasonable release clause that would guarantee them something equivalent to the fee they would be forced to sell him for now (£100 million?) - that way they have more time to plan his replacement, more time to convince him to stay, while also removing the danger of losing him for free next summer.
33 Posted 24/08/2021 at 14:09:29
34 Posted 24/08/2021 at 14:15:51
35 Posted 24/08/2021 at 14:30:02
On Richarlison, I would be hugely disappointed to see him go at this late stage, it is a panic disaster waiting to happen. There is no way we would be able to put together a trio of acceptable replacements (right-back; striker; centre-back etc) with the money we would receive. So surely the answer to Richarlison is yes Okay – in January, once we've had time to look at replacements.
Lester @30 – I think you have may have overlooked them on the other side of the park. They could afford him, I presume.
36 Posted 24/08/2021 at 14:34:52
37 Posted 24/08/2021 at 14:50:31
For us it will be ensuring we get good value for money and we do not waste it on the "for sale shelf" at Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool, Real Madrid and
Barcelona on their unsuccessful signings or former youth team player that are surplus to requirements and you are stupid enough to spend £20 million plus i.e. Iwobi or like Bournemouth you blow your transfer budget on reserves from Liverpool for your record club fees and get relegated.
38 Posted 24/08/2021 at 15:12:09
The only guy going is probably James, even Kean has put his Everton pics back on his Instagram. Might see him go in the next window.
39 Posted 24/08/2021 at 18:03:41
40 Posted 24/08/2021 at 18:28:27
41 Posted 24/08/2021 at 18:37:53
42 Posted 24/08/2021 at 19:05:46
43 Posted 24/08/2021 at 19:07:25
44 Posted 24/08/2021 at 22:02:42
45 Posted 25/08/2021 at 01:55:33
46 Posted 25/08/2021 at 02:26:50
How on earth is broke-ass Real Madrid throwing around that kind of cash? And unless they think Mbappé might reconsider his refusal to sign a new deal, PSG have a curious concept of how leverage works.
47 Posted 25/08/2021 at 07:53:57
Along with Calvert-Lewin, Digne, Godfrey and Pickford he's one of the very few quality / reliable players we are building around.
And as we've seen, the money can easily get frittered away if you don't have your replacements at the club before you sell.
Hopefully it doesn't happen.
48 Posted 25/08/2021 at 08:01:41
49 Posted 25/08/2021 at 08:10:12
A club literally in nearly a billion worth of debt can allegedly throw money around like that.
We're worried about spending £13M on a right back.
Because we'd be made an example of. They won't.
Paranoid / bitter from Speke.
50 Posted 25/08/2021 at 08:49:13
I'm skeptical there's enough time for all these dominos to fall before the deadline. And even if we sold Richarlison in, like, the next 10 seconds, that would still barely give us enough time to reinvest in the squad. Letting him go at this late hour would be madness.
51 Posted 25/08/2021 at 08:50:56
52 Posted 25/08/2021 at 09:09:22
That said, if Madrid were to bring in Mbappé, it could only have a negative impact on their salary vs income threshold.
53 Posted 25/08/2021 at 09:13:06
54 Posted 25/08/2021 at 10:38:01
Football (other than things EFC) is rapidly losing its attraction to me.
55 Posted 25/08/2021 at 11:24:29
56 Posted 25/08/2021 at 11:33:00
It's always made me laugh how some Evertonians don't rate him – as well as the hard work, he plays up front (and scores goals) for Brazil! We're lucky to have him. I also shudder to think who we'd blow the proceeds on; but we'll have to cross that bridge sooner or later.
57 Posted 25/08/2021 at 12:50:29
58 Posted 25/08/2021 at 13:18:21
Id like to think that Everton have a plan, A, B and C, for such a scenario, but we shall see.
59 Posted 26/08/2021 at 00:33:58
Does that mean he can't apply for Housing Benefit then ? :-)
60 Posted 26/08/2021 at 03:44:47
61 Posted 26/08/2021 at 09:36:13
I know they are all about Galacticos, but why pay 220M for a player who'll be available for a fraction of that next season as their contract counts down? Also, don't they have serious financial issues (hence desperation of the ESL move)?
That said I do think we have to understand that Richarlison is one of the few assets we could use to balance the books. £80-100M would be decent business for the player. It would weaken the side, but I'm not sure he'd be quite as much of a fundamental miss as some would suggest, especially as the plan currently is speed on the flanks and into DCL.
62 Posted 26/08/2021 at 09:56:34
63 Posted 26/08/2021 at 10:09:25
64 Posted 26/08/2021 at 10:14:06
Apparently Salah is top of their list but not keen, Ronaldo is keen to move but they want someone younger. Haaland is not moving so that may lead Richie as a viable, high profile alterantive. Obviously this is all speculation but if it comes to pass then I wonder who Brands has lined up. Madueke would have been one of my faves but he signed a new contract yesterday. Cunha would have been a good move but just went to Athletico. Mcneil? Very expensive apparently? Antony? Very raw. Diaby? Could be interesting but not that many goals. Maybe a known quantity like Raphina, Sarr or Pedro Neto though PL talents come costly and all those could be £40m+ and hard to push through so late.
If the Mbappe move does go through i'd expect it to kick off a flurry of moves certainly. Wouldn't be suprised to see Pogba head to PSG with maybe Camavinga replacing him at United or something like that.
65 Posted 26/08/2021 at 10:34:07
FFP, is an absolute farce and an even bigger contradiction, especially if a club in so much debt can go and sign a player for €180 million, before they even begin to pay him, his absolutely astronomical wages.
66 Posted 26/08/2021 at 10:55:02
As for FFP, there are seperate threads here about it but my understanding is that debt has little to do with it; it's about revenue and sales. They've not bought anyone for notable transfer fees for the last 2 seasons and have sold in the region of £150m hence being able to spend a chunk without FFP worries. Our problem is we have bought but not sold anyone notable for a year or two.
67 Posted 26/08/2021 at 11:09:46
68 Posted 26/08/2021 at 11:11:25
I read that PSG fans unfurled a big flag at their stadium in the summer Sam, which said, “Listen to your mother Pogba, because we dont want you to come here either!” Which was a lot more witty than the scouse version that greeted Benitez!
69 Posted 26/08/2021 at 11:15:54
Anyway, I love the player and would rather keep him, but theres a lot of factors to consider. I trust the board to do whats best for Everton.
70 Posted 26/08/2021 at 11:41:01
If we can then offload at least Jamess wages then I personally wont be that disappointed.
71 Posted 26/08/2021 at 11:55:06
RIcharlison is our most important player. Lose him and keep those two wasters on the books and we're fucked.
72 Posted 26/08/2021 at 12:25:43
73 Posted 26/08/2021 at 12:42:11
Say it isn't so. It must be Bills fault, he was visiting the ladyboy circus in Brighton and accidently caught the game... or was it the other way around? Anyway. Whatever. Way to go Bill.
74 Posted 26/08/2021 at 12:44:22
75 Posted 26/08/2021 at 13:45:16
76 Posted 26/08/2021 at 16:30:59
77 Posted 26/08/2021 at 17:22:42
Still plenty of deals to be done but hopefully Richarlison's departure isn't one of them.
78 Posted 26/08/2021 at 17:24:32
79 Posted 26/08/2021 at 17:33:10
Having said that this season may turn out to be better than expected as Rafa seems very hands-on and good with player management.
80 Posted 27/08/2021 at 03:26:18
Richarlison to PSG, Kean to Juventus..
Incoming we are said to be pursuing Maupay from Brighton. 'Great'... 'Inspiring'...
Sounds like we are a feeder club now, imagine these shit transfers went through. God have mercy on Everton FC this season.
81 Posted 27/08/2021 at 09:13:03
82 Posted 27/08/2021 at 09:48:54
Nah, it is norm for me not to expect anything great as long as Brands is in charge. News of Richarlison's agent spotted in Paris doesn't sound great to me...
Yes, Rafa knows what he is doing, no argument on that. My concern is: Do club owners understand and stand together with him? I won't be so confident if money is on the table (FFP). After all, it is not debts but revenue vs Sales & Purchases balance check in creating problems for us.
83 Posted 27/08/2021 at 09:50:04
Oh, and I still think signing Zaha would be a good move – more so under these circumstances
84 Posted 27/08/2021 at 10:41:00
Why does every club assume we will sell cheaply and easily?
85 Posted 27/08/2021 at 10:45:25
This morning's news is again headed by the limitless activities of the 'big' clubs who appear to totally disregard attempts to cap their transfer expenditure. And if Richarlison really is on the cusp of leaving in the quest for 'top team glory', it will confirm my suspicions that Everton are happy to be 'also-rans'.
86 Posted 27/08/2021 at 10:47:11
It's really down to the player. He still has 2½ years to go on his current contract so we are under no pressure to sell. But if a massive offer came in and he wanted to go, then it would be best to let him go and use the cash to strengthen the squad.
87 Posted 27/08/2021 at 10:50:45
Perhaps this was all part of PSG's plan all along, they know Everton are potless so make a derisory loan offer for one of our only saleable assets; now, when we are struggling to buy players, they have us by the lovespuds.
Going on previous experiences, it's clear we have too many meddling influences in recruitment. I'd rather the club keeps its best first-team players at all costs as the club won't get this right.
88 Posted 27/08/2021 at 11:05:56
I was hoping football would collapse during the Covid pandemic so we could all reconvene on a more level playing field. But like the drugs trade, football is addictive and there's too much dirty money behind it to fail.
I'm not a huge Richarlison fan but, if we do sell him, I hope we show some self-respect and get a decent wad from the petro-dollars drenched owners.
89 Posted 27/08/2021 at 11:24:13
Personally, I think he'd be as big a loss to us as the likes of Lineker and Rooney. He's the best player in the team by a mile and, without him, we go from a potential top 6 (at a massive stretch) to a potential top 12.
I also don't relish the sight of us scrabbling around and paying massively over the odds for yet another cast off from ManUre's bench or the second best player in a shit club's first team.
90 Posted 27/08/2021 at 11:30:46
This is the way it's gonna be till the stadium's built, I think. Selling the Crown Jewels and hoping we can unearth some talented kids or get something out of players considered past-it.
Moshiri has spunked hundreds of millions on players that haven't worked out. None of them off the top of my head have been sold for profit... maybe Gana. I for one understand this cautious and sensible new approach. UTFT
91 Posted 27/08/2021 at 11:31:24
Mind you, I could be wrong and Richarlison could be in a PSG shirt come Wednesday and Kane in a Man City shirt, who knows?
92 Posted 27/08/2021 at 11:33:13
If PSG sell Mbappé, they will be under huge pressure to replace him and I'd rather sell Richarlison now for £85-£95M than for potentially £50M next summer after a mediocre season because his mind is elsewhere and he's knackered by playing so much footy.
I don't see there's a scenario in which Richarlison is still here next season so I think it's about sensible decision-making and maximising our most sellable asset. I have a feeling that may mean selling him now makes some sense but obviously there's a lot of factors that are hard to predict.
Like I said, I'm a big fan but he was possibly not in our top 3 or 4 players last season so we will cope without him so long as we recruit well. (A big 'if'!!)
93 Posted 27/08/2021 at 11:42:33
94 Posted 27/08/2021 at 11:48:34
A pragmatic post. Also, a big factor is what will Richarlison's reaction be if we turn down the move? He will want to play in an attack with Messi and his friend Neymar Jnr in the Champions League.
No-one knows what the future holds; for him, it could be now or never. I'll be very upset to see him go, even worse at this late stage, but all factors have to be considered and the board has to do what's best, on balance, for Everton.
Luis Diaz for James is an interesting development.
95 Posted 27/08/2021 at 11:49:01
96 Posted 27/08/2021 at 11:50:29
97 Posted 27/08/2021 at 12:26:00
98 Posted 27/08/2021 at 12:36:32
99 Posted 27/08/2021 at 13:00:52
100 Posted 27/08/2021 at 13:12:46
101 Posted 27/08/2021 at 17:09:21
I would like to see Richy get some regular service and touches under Rafa's system but if the market calls we have to take an honest look at the situation.
This just in....Ronaldo goes back to UShited.
102 Posted 27/08/2021 at 17:31:56
Note to the Yanks on this board -- yesterday it was widely reported that Weston McKennie was headed out of Juventus (perhaps for Spurs) because Allegri didn't fancy him. Today Allegri told a news conference that he wants McKennie to stay.
103 Posted 27/08/2021 at 18:12:40
104 Posted 27/08/2021 at 18:31:10
I don't know too much about Diaz, but from what people are saying a 3 of Diaz, Richarlison (10) and Day, behind the forward could be an exciting prospect, as much as I'd hate to see James go if that is true.
All rumour and speculation. Who knows and in honesty, I'm just always glad when the circus is over and we know what we're dealing with.
105 Posted 27/08/2021 at 19:34:30
106 Posted 27/08/2021 at 23:46:03
EFC have got to stand firm, sell him at our price and tems, as well as Misery Kean, no loans available. If necessary we rebuild with that money when the time is right, and hope that the signs of greater determination under Benitez continue with the current squad!
Last season, this squad went AWOL too many times, get that sorted and Europe is not a too far fetched target!
107 Posted 28/08/2021 at 00:01:39
108 Posted 28/08/2021 at 05:28:29
109 Posted 29/08/2021 at 03:14:44
An 'in the know' bod on radio the other day stated that, these days, no-one is shy about making sure the player is well primed for a move well before their club is officially approached.
Seems like very few of the cheeky sods ever seem to actually put in an official transfer request though, do they?
110 Posted 29/08/2021 at 03:26:51
“Day” in the three behind the forward? As in Mervyn Day the goalie? Or Doris Day the singer?
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