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PSG in talks with Richarlison's agent

| Tuesday, 24 August 2021 110comments  |  Jump to last

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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Andrew Keatley
1 Posted 24/08/2021 at 00:49:06
Let’s hope that we have some decent targets lined up in the event that PSG decide to cash in on Mbappe and set their sights on Richarlison - as the chance to play regularly with Neymar and Messi in the Champions League is not really something we can compete with.

If they were to pay our asking price then it’s 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 don’t really want him - and supposedly Neymar specifically wants Richarlison.

Lewis Barclay
2 Posted 24/08/2021 at 00:59:41
For £80m+ it might make sense to let him go but there are only seven days left in the transfer window. That sounds like a disaster to me!

I could see us going back for Zaha if he goes and a right back.

Mike Gaynes
3 Posted 24/08/2021 at 01:05:03
Neymar and Richarlison are the best of pals, and Neymar even pranked Rich on Twitch, with some unexpected results:

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.

Paul Kernot
4 Posted 24/08/2021 at 01:05:43
I agree Andrew. The next 7 days must be a hell of a juggling act for Brands & Co. Knowing you need replacements, contacting clubs & agents to register interest but all the time, knowing you can't actually make a concrete offer.

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.

James Flynn
5 Posted 24/08/2021 at 02:13:46
The origin to this one is out of France: Link

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.

Andy Peers
6 Posted 24/08/2021 at 03:49:10
Straight swap would be good!!
Kieran Kinsella
7 Posted 24/08/2021 at 04:21:53
It'll be tough to lose his five goals a year but you could break my arm for £80 million.
Danny O’Neill
8 Posted 24/08/2021 at 05:48:00
Shame if true and he'll be wasted in the French league, but the lure of Champions League will be too so I would see it from the player's perspective.

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.

Alan J Thompson
9 Posted 24/08/2021 at 06:27:38
I don't know who PSG have got who is surplus to their requirements but if they came in with an £80M bid then ask for that plus a player but can we play Kean with Calvert-Lewin and one of the youngsters as cover or would we up the offers on Dyke, Jebberson, Hoppe. Myself, I wouldn't mind hanging on to Richarlison but other factors may be in play, and when does "contacting his entourage" become "tapping up"?
Ian Bennett
10 Posted 24/08/2021 at 06:53:54
Would be a big loss, as he's our nearest thing to a talisman - no doubt about that.

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.

Andrew Ellams
11 Posted 24/08/2021 at 07:26:06
I'm not suggesting that this is untrue but surely Richarlison will be on a shortlist so only one potential replacement for Mbappe.
Danny O’Neill
12 Posted 24/08/2021 at 07:32:41
Other teams know that too, Ian; the picture of him surrounded by 4 Leeds players on Saturday was telling. Some Evertonians may not rate him and question his sulkiness, but other teams know the danger he presents.
Colin Glassar
13 Posted 24/08/2021 at 07:53:38
I'd sell him for £100M and then buy Salah for the same amount plus Iwobi and Delph.
Mal van Schaick
14 Posted 24/08/2021 at 08:01:13
I know he can sulk and dive sometimes, but he looks genuinely interested in Everton doing well. I would keep him this season, he links play up and scores some decent quality goals.
Sam Hoare
15 Posted 24/08/2021 at 08:38:01
A few of us were talking about Everton being dubious sellers the other day. I think with a notable asset like Richarlison it’s all about getting the timing right. The ideal is to do what Villa did, get a good fee at the beginning of the summer having made your major purchases beforehand. This would be the opposite. But if PSG were going to offer £80m+ then that’s a decent bid for a player who may well run out of legs this season anyway.

I’m 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.

Shane Corcoran
16 Posted 24/08/2021 at 09:15:27
Can't see it happening in this window although, like Ancelotti, these things can develop quickly so he'll probably be gone by this time tomorrow.
Michael Burke
17 Posted 24/08/2021 at 09:24:50
He must've been with us for 9 seasons then, Kieran, to rack up 45 goals for us.
Martin Reppion
18 Posted 24/08/2021 at 09:28:25
In reality, we are at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to transfers.

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.

Andrew Ellams
19 Posted 24/08/2021 at 09:49:23
I don't see PSG breaking up their own version of the Holy Trinity before it even gets going either.
Tony Black
20 Posted 24/08/2021 at 09:59:23
My biggest fear is that we do an "LFC Torres/Carroll" by getting £80M for Richarlison and then spunking £65M of it on Saint-Maximin.

We could certainly live without Richarlison if we spent well the money we got for him.

Clive Rogers
21 Posted 24/08/2021 at 10:05:31
Martin, #18, we seem to have gone from one extreme to the other. From mega deals to joke offers for Patterson and Jebbison which are never going to happen.

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.

Brian Harrison
22 Posted 24/08/2021 at 10:18:37
I think this speculation has come about because Mbappe seems reluctant to sign a new contract; if he doesn't sign, I think next year his contract is up. So it seems to make sense that, with such a talent, if he won't sign, then PSG are not going to let him run his contract down.

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.

Shane Corcoran
23 Posted 24/08/2021 at 10:19:05
Clive, you could look at it another way. We want him, Rangers need cash due to getting knocked out of the Champions League and, regardless of what Gerrard might think, the Rangers board might say you can have him for £10M, which is what we actually value him at.

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.

Michael Lynch
24 Posted 24/08/2021 at 10:34:10
Mbappe is a free agent next summer, so it would make sense for PSG to cash in. If they do, they'd still probably ask for a huge fee, and I'm not sure who would be buying at this point.

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.

Eddie Dunn
25 Posted 24/08/2021 at 11:36:07
Mbappe is going nowhere -this story is bull.
Brian Keating
26 Posted 24/08/2021 at 11:59:59
Anyone welcoming his departure is off their rocker!
Andrew Ellams
27 Posted 24/08/2021 at 12:04:06
Eddie I think his move to Spain is inevitable. It's more a case of when not if.

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.

Tony Everan
28 Posted 24/08/2021 at 12:11:36
It would be foolhardy to sell Richarlison with only a few days remaining. We would need time to reinvest wisely to keep us strong. Like Villa atoned for Grealish before he left. It’s surely too late for that and the last thing I want to see is panic buying when clubs know we’ve got 100m in our pocket. It’s a recipe for expensive mistakes. Worse still is the nightmare that Real Madrid try to offload some vastly overpaid aging deadwood as makeweight. I think (hope) we are a bit wiser than that these days and tell Madrid he’s going nowhere this season.
Tony Everan
29 Posted 24/08/2021 at 12:23:25
I’d taken my eye off the ball, this one is about PSG, same goes for them too!
Lester Yip
30 Posted 24/08/2021 at 12:50:10
There's just a handful of clubs that can afford Mbappe. Chelsea, MCity, MUtd and PSG. RM and Barca are broke. Chelsea has spent on Lukaku, MCity has spent on Grealish, MUtd on Sancho. So... where's the taker?
Barry Rathbone
31 Posted 24/08/2021 at 12:56:42
Great believer in players having a 3 year shelf life at one club if he moves it could be good if we spend the dough correctly. He's not in the irreplaceable bracket as a matter of fact I don't think he's all that. Last season he was very moderate
Andrew Keatley
32 Posted 24/08/2021 at 13:48:56
I'm sure PSG are weighing up every practical option when it comes to their most valuable asset.

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.

Colin Glassar
33 Posted 24/08/2021 at 14:09:29
Any news on He Who Shall Not Be Named? I presume we are still paying his wages?
Tony Everan
34 Posted 24/08/2021 at 14:15:51
I haven’t seen anything Colin. I was expecting a statement from his legal team but I don’t think there has been anything. Are there negotiations going on for an out of court settlement, confidentiality clause and all charges dropped? Who knows?
Ian Burns
35 Posted 24/08/2021 at 14:30:02
Tony 34 – I think this is a criminal charge in which case I can't imagine there would be an out of court settlement.

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.

Colin Glassar
36 Posted 24/08/2021 at 14:34:52
Tony, knowing Everton this will probably drag on until he reaches retirement age before being offered a coaching position with the youth team.
Paul Jones
37 Posted 24/08/2021 at 14:50:31
Like a lot of South American players particularly Brazilian suspect he has no say in where he moves too.
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.
Eddie Dunn
38 Posted 24/08/2021 at 15:12:09
If we did sell Richie the prices for any late targets would all go up accordingly. If he was being sold, we would have got it done and like Villa, we would have got our recruits in early.

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.

Christy Ring
39 Posted 24/08/2021 at 18:03:41
One week to go in the transfer window, why would we sell one of our top players. Totally ridiculous especially as other clubs would add on at least £10m for a rash replacement.
Neil Thomas
40 Posted 24/08/2021 at 18:28:27
It’s ok saying that selling him for big money would be good business, as we could bring in others. But selling one of our best players is hardly going to entice other big names to come to us. It makes us look like a selling club, rather than a club with big ambitions.
David Pearl
41 Posted 24/08/2021 at 18:37:53
Neil, considering we have to sell to buy we are already back to being a selling club. Unfortunately if we do sell him l don't have any confidence in us replacing him with the quality we need. Thing is, l doubt very much our best player will be going anywhere till next summer. Pity we can't do a Chelsea and raise £100mil by selling a few reserves.
Neil Thomas
42 Posted 24/08/2021 at 19:05:46
David surely Awobi and Delph could raise us £100m
Neil Thomas
43 Posted 24/08/2021 at 19:07:25
Sorry, didn’t mean to put the m on the end of that figure.
Matt Traynor
44 Posted 24/08/2021 at 22:02:42
Rumours that Real Madrid have bid €160M for Mbappé. Not sure where they stand finance-wise, thought they were potless?
Brian Wilkinson
45 Posted 25/08/2021 at 01:55:33
Not sure what the ruling in France is for players to travel to red-listed countries but, with the Premier League voting on no Premier League players being allowed to travel, this could tip a move to France for Richarlison, if it allows him to play for Brazil in the three upcoming matches.
Bill Gienapp
46 Posted 25/08/2021 at 02:26:50
So apparently Real Madrid did indeed make a €160M offer, which PSG promptly threw back in their faces, basically saying "Yeah, try €200M – as a starting point."

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.

Robert Tressell
47 Posted 25/08/2021 at 07:53:57
This is now looking a possibility, which is a worry so late in the window.

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.

Andrew Ellams
48 Posted 25/08/2021 at 08:01:41
Bill @ 46. I didn't think PSG have responded one way or the other yet.
Danny O’Neill
49 Posted 25/08/2021 at 08:10:12
Bill @46, without understanding the underlying financial dimensions, to a mere supporter like me, it's another mysterious application of FFP.

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.

Bill Gienapp
50 Posted 25/08/2021 at 08:49:13
Andrew (48) - I was going off what was reported on ESPN, no idea how accurate it is --

Real Madrid see €160M Kylian Mbappe offer rejected by PSG

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.

John Zapa
51 Posted 25/08/2021 at 08:50:56
The club have already lined up Rondon and other similar journeymen for centre-midfield, right-back and centre-back. Nobody should fear this potential sale, it's all under control and part of the plan. The club know what they are doing, of course, and we should all trust them.
Andrew Ellams
52 Posted 25/08/2021 at 09:09:22
Danny, FFP seems to be more about costs vs revenue rather than actual debt which is why Everton are struggling right now as our salary as a percentage of income is way over the permitted threshold.

That said, if Madrid were to bring in Mbappé, it could only have a negative impact on their salary vs income threshold.

Ray Roche
53 Posted 25/08/2021 at 09:13:06
Andrew. PSG are apparently paying Messi £1M a week. Surely that will have a massive effect on things?
Kim Vivian
54 Posted 25/08/2021 at 10:38:01
Hardly needs saying but £1m a week is fucking ridiculous.

Football (other than things EFC) is rapidly losing its attraction to me.

Andrew Ellams
55 Posted 25/08/2021 at 11:24:29
Ray that's ridiculous but also a reason that Mbappe may want to hold on until next summer. If Madrid can get him without the transfer fee they'll be able to offer him a much bigger package.
James Newcombe
56 Posted 25/08/2021 at 11:33:00
I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised to see him go. He is our most important attacking player by far, and with the amount of running he puts in, quite important to the defence as well.

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.

Laurie Hartley
57 Posted 25/08/2021 at 12:50:29
To sell Richarlison would be utter madness. He is the best player in the current squad barring none. No! No! No!
Paul Birmingham
58 Posted 25/08/2021 at 13:18:21
Consider Levandowski, could be in this mix so I reckon, an interesting few days lie ahead in the transfer window.

I’d like to think that Everton have a plan, A, B and C, for such a scenario, but we shall see.

Derek Knox
59 Posted 26/08/2021 at 00:33:58
Ray @ 5, " PSG are apparently paying Messi £1M a week. "

Does that mean he can't apply for Housing Benefit then ? :-)

Kristian Boyce
60 Posted 26/08/2021 at 03:44:47
So all summer long we've known that we have to get James and Kean's (plus the other deadwood) wages off the books to allow us to purchase anyone new. Now if Richarlison goes, are we still dependant on at least either James/Kean having to go too, just so we can bring in a replacement on semi decent wages? These are going to be a very interesting few days.
Chris James
61 Posted 26/08/2021 at 09:36:13
Whilst I can see why PSG would definitely sell, I don't think Madrid will buy Mbappe this season tbh.
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.

Andrew Ellams
62 Posted 26/08/2021 at 09:56:34
Kia Joorachiban (?) has allegedly told Moshiri that a club is about to make a bid for Richarlison and Everton should prepare themselves and start sounding out replacements.
Brian Harrison
63 Posted 26/08/2021 at 10:09:25
I would suggest that if Mbappe goes to Real Madrid and thats a mighty big if and PSG make a move for Richarlison, then Moshiri adopts the same stance that Levy did with Kane at Spurs. You put a price on his head that would transform our finances if PSG met our valuation, given that Richarlison is our best player by a long way then we have to set his price at around £150 million.
Sam Hoare
64 Posted 26/08/2021 at 10:14:06
The ideal would be that PSG sell Mbappe and decide to replace him with a certain young Italian who did well on loan there last year but I think if Mbappe goes they will need a bigger name to appease the fans.

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.

Tony Abrahams
65 Posted 26/08/2021 at 10:34:07
Pogba would be a very unpopular choice Sam, given the classic banner some fans unfurled in the summer, but the biggest change in football that started all those years ago with Bosman, is just how much the ball is in Mbappe’s court, right now?

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.

Sam Hoare
66 Posted 26/08/2021 at 10:55:02
Really Tony? I thought he'd be a popular signing given his standing in the French team. There's certainly been gossip about it as a possibility.

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.

Andrew Ellams
67 Posted 26/08/2021 at 11:09:46
Do we think the PSG owners care what the fans think if means they can add another stellar name to their pet project?
Tony Abrahams
68 Posted 26/08/2021 at 11:11:25
Interesting that being in debt, has got nothing to do with FFP, just as long as you are selling someone of value every so often, which reminds me of why I couldn’t get no credit rating, until I started using the banks to pay my bills, rather than paying by cash at the post office!

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 don’t want you to come here either!” Which was a lot more witty than the scouse version that greeted Benitez!

Tony Everan
69 Posted 26/08/2021 at 11:15:54
It’s all getting a bit late in the day so replacements are going to be at inflated prices. If this transfer happens then PSG will have to pay us an inflated price to reflect this. I agree McNeil, Sarr, Diaby, Doku, Neto all should be considered. They are going to cost us 10-20m more than we’d otherwise expect. So whatever figure they would initially be thinking for Richarlison add 30-40m on top due to the increased costs we will incur.
Anyway, I love the player and would rather keep him, but there’s a lot of factors to consider. I trust the board to do what’s best for Everton.

Steve Wissett
70 Posted 26/08/2021 at 11:41:01
I would be sad to see Charlie go, but even late in the day, FFP pressure may just force the issue, 80 Mil sterling plus Gana back would not be a bad result, leaving cash to bring in a RB ( rangers lad has been earmarked) Forward ( shef utd youngster and Rondon muted) and another wide player to replace Charlie.
If we can then offload at least James’s wages then I personally won’t be that disappointed.
Michael Lynch
71 Posted 26/08/2021 at 11:55:06
Absolute worse case scenario would be to sell Richarlison but not be able to offload James and Kean.

RIcharlison is our most important player. Lose him and keep those two wasters on the books and we're fucked.

Colin Glassar
72 Posted 26/08/2021 at 12:25:43
Everton now linked to another loser - Maupay at Brighton. Can this window get even more depressing?
David Pearl
73 Posted 26/08/2021 at 12:42:11
You mean we gonna sell Richarlison James and Kean... and replace them with Gray, Townsend and Maupay.
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.
Alan McMillan
74 Posted 26/08/2021 at 12:44:22
i don't think he will leave this season - not after allowing him to play in the Olympics. However I can see him going next summer. Maybe Kean will sit up and take notice; hard work, the right attitude (despite his sulky demeanour), coupled with an abundance of talent, pays off eventually.
Dave Abrahams
75 Posted 26/08/2021 at 13:45:16
If PSG were interested in Richarlison they would have been watching him play for Everton, not so much Brazil, with that in mind I think any interest they had in him will have ended.
Mick O'Malley
76 Posted 26/08/2021 at 16:30:59
If he wants to go, let him, not all that he's made out to be. Yes, he tries but his finishing is erratic and he is not exactly an assist machine. He might be one of our better players but can be a very frustrating selfish player at times. If we got offered £70 million plus, I'd snap their hands off.
Robert Tressell
77 Posted 26/08/2021 at 17:22:42
Well Correa has just gone to Inter to join up with Dumfries, so he won't be the Richarlison replacement.

Still plenty of deals to be done but hopefully Richarlison's departure isn't one of them.

Don Alexander
78 Posted 26/08/2021 at 17:24:32
Perchance the offer of a near nine-digit transfer fee off PSG would suffice to attract Harry Kane to us. I mean he's just had his best seasons waiting for a stadium to be built hasn't he, whilst winning sod all? He'd fit right in.
Andrew Clare
79 Posted 26/08/2021 at 17:33:10
I can't see us doing any incoming business in this window. As it stands, there might not be too m,any outgoings either. Maybe a couple of surprise outs but that's about it.

Having said that this season may turn out to be better than expected as Rafa seems very hands-on and good with player management.

Nicholas Howard
80 Posted 27/08/2021 at 03:26:18
Funny rumours yet unsettling...

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.

Dave Williams
81 Posted 27/08/2021 at 09:13:03
Maupay is only a rumour. If just half the rumours were true we would have bought three new teams by now. Calm down and trust Rafa- he knows what he’s doing.
Nicholas Howard
82 Posted 27/08/2021 at 09:48:54
Dave 81.

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.

Mark Dunford
83 Posted 27/08/2021 at 09:50:04
Buy low(ish), sell high. This one feels like another time we're going to lose a top player who'll probably be replaced by three who join at the last-minute and then leave with little fanfare a few years later. Klaassen, Niasse, etc

Oh, and I still think signing Zaha would be a good move – more so under these circumstances

Sean Roe
84 Posted 27/08/2021 at 10:41:00
Just read in the paper that PSG ''see it as an easy deal.''

Why does every club assume we will sell cheaply and easily?

Derek Taylor
85 Posted 27/08/2021 at 10:45:25
Benitez has hinted that FFP – or some such – will limit the club's signings in this window although many of us suspect it is more to do with priority being given to funding Bramley-Moore Dock.

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'.

Frank Crewe
86 Posted 27/08/2021 at 10:47:11
I have seen many posts on here advocating for buy low and sell high. Well, we could more than double our money if we sold Richarlison. It would be a shame but ultimately this is a prime example of what buy low and sell high actually means. But, as always, saying it and doing it are two different things because it always means sell your best players and nobody wants to do that.

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.

Andrew Laird
87 Posted 27/08/2021 at 10:50:45
Richarlison is one of the only players in world football who has ability and enough work rate to cover for Neymar and the ageing Messi when PSG don't have the ball, I'm very worried as he would be ideal for them to replace Mbappé. Neymar is probably in the ear of the owners as well.

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.

Colin Glassar
88 Posted 27/08/2021 at 11:05:56
If PSG want him, PSG will get him. We are football Krill when it comes to the giants. They can gobble up whoever they want and we can't do anything about it.

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.

Michael Lynch
89 Posted 27/08/2021 at 11:24:13
Interesting that a lot of the Twitterati find it hilarious replacing Mbappe with Richarlison but, as Andrew @87 says, he might be the ideal workhorse for a team featuring Messi and Neymar. I think Richie is one of those players best appreciated by the fans who watch him week in week out.

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.

Kenny Smith
90 Posted 27/08/2021 at 11:30:46
Can't blame him at all if he goes to PSG. Play with Messi or Iwobi? No-brainier. We've just got to get the best deal we can for our stand-out player.

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

Barry Hesketh
91 Posted 27/08/2021 at 11:31:24
I don't think that Richarlison will go in this window; however, next summer he might well leave. It's a little too late in the window for Everton to be selling an asset they might struggle to replace.

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?

Sam Hoare
92 Posted 27/08/2021 at 11:33:13
I don't want to lose Richarlison, he's one of my favourite players in the last few years. But timing is key.

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'!!)

Sam Hoare
93 Posted 27/08/2021 at 11:42:33
Talksport (who are usually wrong) saying we are keen on Luis Diaz at Porto and willing to offer £22m plus James Rodriguez (who they like). That could be a great deal if any truth in it. Diaz is a very exciting player.
Tony Everan
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.

Colin Glassar
95 Posted 27/08/2021 at 11:49:01
Barry 91, that's what we thought about Arteta and even Indiana Jones has been unable to find the fabled £10M.
Pete Cross
96 Posted 27/08/2021 at 11:50:29
Rafa has just said we are not considering selling Richarlison.
Andrew Ellams
97 Posted 27/08/2021 at 12:26:00
Sam, Fabrizio Romano has just tweeted that this on if James agrees to a loan switch the other way.
Andrew Laird
98 Posted 27/08/2021 at 12:36:32
Diaz is a very good player, worryingly similar to Richarlison. I really hope it’s for squad depth and not a replacement for our Brazilian.
Clive Rogers
99 Posted 27/08/2021 at 13:00:52
We are a selling club nowadays, especially with our FFP position so anything could happen. We had better have a replacement lined up.
Dennis Stevens
100 Posted 27/08/2021 at 13:12:46
I half expected PSG to be after Ronaldo.
Dale Self
101 Posted 27/08/2021 at 17:09:21
I like Sam's reasoning as well. It isn't as though we are breaking up a productive front line. I think Diaz is better on the ball and while giving up Richy's goals and defensive prowess now might be the time for taking the premium on him and attempting a reload.

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.

Mike Gaynes
102 Posted 27/08/2021 at 17:31:56
Makes me sick that Cristiano is going back to ManU. I hate anything that makes their fans happy.

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.

Dale Self
103 Posted 27/08/2021 at 18:12:40
Ooh PSG has gone 5/4 on odds for Richy
Danny O’Neill
104 Posted 27/08/2021 at 18:31:10
The language coming out of Benitez; as it was meant and we're not selling him? Or pushing the price up?

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.

Mal van Schaick
105 Posted 27/08/2021 at 19:34:30
If he does go, then the money we get will be enough to buy three or four players on top of getting rid of three or four. Financially it could be sound, but he gives us an edge to our game. Difficult one for me.

Trevor Powell
106 Posted 27/08/2021 at 23:46:03
What state will Richarlison be next summer, over-worked? YES injury prone because the body can only take so much? Possibly? ghis lad believes he is invincible and his injury record is pretty good AT THE MOMENT. How saleable is he going to be if VVD and other cloggers decide to put him onto crutches?

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!

Dale Self
107 Posted 28/08/2021 at 00:01:39
99.99% he's staying is the word from Rafa. Shipping Kean out it is believable, decent business if we can get Diaz and either M-N or Patterson in. UTFT!!!!!
Paul Kernot
108 Posted 28/08/2021 at 05:28:29
I just went for a walk and thought about this logically. Whatever actually happens, I can only see that Diaz is a swap in case we get an offer for Richarlison we'd be mad to refuse. He doesn't make sense as a replacement for Kean. James perhaps... but I think he's a back-up in the event Richarlison goes for stupid money.
Si Cooper
109 Posted 29/08/2021 at 03:14:44
Used to think 99.999% of these predicted moves were probably rubbish because there are supposed to be rules about how you approach players.

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?

Kieran Kinsella
110 Posted 29/08/2021 at 03:26:51
Danny O'Neill,

“Day” in the three behind the forward? As in Mervyn Day the goalie? Or Doris Day the singer?

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