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Tottenham closing on deal for Richarlison

LONDON (AFP) – Tottenham are set to further bolster their attacking options with the signing of Richarlison from Everton in a deal that could rise to GBP60 million, according to reports in the British media yesterday.

The Athletic reported that a GBP50 million initial fee has been agreed with GBP10 million in add-ons for the Brazilian international.

Richarlison joined Everton for GBP50 million from Watford in 2018. The 25-year-old scored 53 goals in 152 appearances for the Toffees, crucially netting six times in his final nine games of last season to keep the Merseyside club in the Premier League.

According to the BBC and Sky Sports, Everton need to complete the sale yesterday to help balance the books with their financial year ending on June 30.

Everton have posted GBP372m in losses over the last three years.

Leeds and relegated Burnley have reportedly written to the Premier League to question how Everton have complied with Financial Fair Play.

Premier League rules state that clubs can lose GBP105 million over a three-year period, but those regulations were relaxed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A move to Spurs fulfils Richarlison’s desire for Champions League football, but he faces stiff competition to play regularly with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min occupying the positions he played most often for Everton.

Tottenham have already backed manager Antonio Conte during the transfer window with the signings of Croatian winger Ivan Perisic, midfielder Yves Bissouma and a new back-up goalkeeper in Fraser Forster.

Everton’s Richarlison celebrates. PHOTO: AP