As expected, the Tottenham Hotspur-Everton deal for Richarlison has been swift and decisive. Multiple outlets, including David Ornstein and Fabrizio Romano, are now reporting that Spurs and Everton have agreed a fee for the Brazilian forward’s transfer before the end of the fiscal year. Richarlison is expected to undergo a medical today in Brazil before the transfer is completed.
Tottenham have signed Richarlison to a permanent contract, here we go! First volume of papers now signed with Everton, after full agreement on personal terms. #THFC
The fee is guaranteed £50 million plus add-ons. Richarlison, on his way for medical tests in Brazil. Done matter. pic.twitter.com/r5zFOJPK1f
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 30, 2022
The deal is apparently £50 million, with an additional £10 million in performance incentives. Interestingly, according to Ornstein, Chelsea tried to GAZUMP at the last minute, likely increasing the price Spurs had to pay to bring in Richarlison. That’s annoying, but Chelsea is just Chelsea.
Everton yesterday thought they had rejected a £40 million bid from Spurs for Richarlison before significantly raising the offer. Another club showed late interest but #THFC on track as negotiations continue in the coming days with a deal to be struck, which is what all parties want @TheAthleticUK #E FC https://t.co/C9ocoYPeAc
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) June 30, 2022
Many fans, including some in the comments here, have rightly commented that this feels like a lot of money for a player who isn’t. precisely in a position of emergency. While I initially had some qualms about spending £60million for Richarlison, I got the hang of it anyway.
This feels to me the same as when Liverpool bought Diogo Jota from Wolves a few seasons ago – Jota was not necessarily the first choice and felt like a luxury addition to a Liverpool team that already had Sadio Mane, Firminho and Mohamed Salah. But Jota got a lot of minutes both in reserve and rotation and has performed really well with better players around him. I suspect Richarlison could fill a similar role for Spurs under Antonio Conte this season.
In addition, while you could argue that this is now too much money for a player who is not first choice, Tottenham now has money. It’s a rich club. Richarlison’s transfer fee feels like market value at the moment, and that’s what rich clubs do. In fact, it’s the first time I really feel Tottenham behave the way a rich club behaves – spending a lot of money to bring in a deep player not because he’s going to be a blocked starter, but because he just makes the club better.
Now we wait. I don’t know when we will see an official announcement – the player has to sign the paperwork. The club might drop the usual promotional videos and stuff as Richarlison is still in South America and can’t come here for a while, but this has now been officially done and dusted aside from the tweet.
And the Spurs aren’t done yet. There is still a lot of work to do, starting with Clement Lenglet. We’ll get to that.