Richarlison has alerted a number of heavyweight Premier League and European clubs after informing Everton of his desire to leave the club this summer.
The Brazil international’s goals were crucial to the Toffees’ fending off relegation last season and he has achieved cult hero status among the Goodison Park faithful.
With the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal all interested in signing the 25-year-old, however, Everton, beset by financial constraints, face an uphill task to keep hold of one of their prize assets.
Thomas Tuchel has been handed a £200million warchest by the club’s new owners and a new forward is likely to represent a priority once Romelu Lukaku’s future is resolved.
United’s new manager, Erik ten Hag, meanwhile, is likely to add to his forward line following the departure of Edinson Cavani and, similarly, Arsenal require new strikers with both Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette departing in the space of six months.
A lack of Champions League football is likely to have played a role in Richarlison’s decision to snub Arsenal, but that is unlikely to deter Gabriel Jesus from linking up with Mikel Arteta.
The pair worked together during the Arsenal manager’s time at Manchester City and the promise of regular first team football is likely to convince Richarlison’s international teammate to swap the Etihad for the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal are increasingly confident of signing the 25-year-old and are on the verge of a agreeing a £50million deal with the Premier League champions.
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