The 23-year-old has drawn interest from both Camp Nou and Old Trafford in the winter transfer window, as he continues to impress. In January, Everton’s Brazil International Richarlison said he received offers from two of the world ‘s largest clubs — Barcelona and Manchester United — that the Merseysiders declined both of them.
Richarlison, 23, joined Everton from Watford at the start of the 2018-19 season and has continued to be a key component of the Toffees squad, netting 13 goals in his first Premier League season and 10 to date in 2019-20 before the coronavirus pandemic break.
The forward also lined up for Brazil in their successful 2019 Copa America campaign, and both in England and Spain, his fine performances for club and country caught the eye.
“There were lots of offers during the season, from Barcelona, from Manchester (United). But the club decided to keep me in the community and I didn’t want to leave in the middle of the season. Leaving these team-mates is bad,” he revealed to Los Desimpedidos
Everton reportedly declined a €100 million Catalan offer (£85m/$105 m) for signing Richarlison in January and admits that he was flattered by Camp Nou’s interest.
“Barcelona is one of the world’s largest clubs, of course, you feel affected, but I think joy plays a part too,” he said.
The Toffees are restarting their Premier League campaign with a daunting Merseyside derby at home to table-topping neighbors Liverpool on Sunday.
The midweek triumph over Arsenal in Manchester City means that in 30 years, the Reds will not be able to secure their first title against their rivals, but they would still be looking for a win that would put them one step closer to the Crown.
Everton will then need excellent performance to produce a result from the likes of Richarlison; and his team-mate Bernard thinks he is up to the challenge.