Tottenham has completed the £60m signing of Richarlison from Everton on a five-year contract. Tottenham offered £40m initially but their offer was rejected with Bill Kenwright not happy with their valuation. They increased their bid to £50m with a further £10m in add-ons with Richarlison set to complete his medical in Brazil. Everton was not happy with the deal but had to accept to give manager Frank Lampard spending power.

“It’s very difficult to say goodbye to a place that has become my home, to fans who welcomed me as if I were one of them, and a club that treated me kindly and helped me develop my sense of community and empathy,” new Tottenham signing Richarlison said after leaving Everton. “No words and not all the love I have for this club is enough to thank you. We’ll see you along the way! I love you Evertonians.”

“It’s a great deal for Spurs. Obviously, with Antonio Conte and the strong position he’s in having got them qualified for the Champions League, he’s an ambitious manager and he would have demanded money to strengthen the squad, and he’s clearly got it,” Alan Smith said. “The Richarlison deal is interesting. He doesn’t immediately strike me as a Conte player but he’s a very talented boy and he has a great desire for the game. However, he can blow hot and cold, temperamentally as well so I’m sure Conte will try to get a grip of him.”

“Where will he play? When you are buying him for that amount of money you are assuming he will play, so it will probably be on that right side with Heung-Min Son on the left and Harry Kane through the middle,” he added. “That is quite a strike force if they can harness Richarlison’s abilities.”

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