Tottenham now 'leading race' for £60m star at Hotspur Way

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte

Tottenham are in pole position to sign Everton forward Richarlison, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

Jones reckons that Spurs are still favourites to make the Brazilian their fourth summer signing despite potential competition from Arsenal, with their hopes of signing Raphinha quickly fading.

What’s the latest news involving Richarlison?

According to reports in Brazil, Tottenham are edging closer to signing the 25-year-old, with talks between the two clubs heading in a ‘positive’ direction.

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Spurs looked set to face competition from Chelsea, but they’ve decided to pursue deals for Raheem Sterling and Raphinha, which has given Antonio Conte’s side a free run at the Everton star’s signature.

Despite several players being mentioned in a potential swap deal, including Harry Winks and Steven Bergwijn, journalist Bruno Andrade reckons that Tottenham will pay Everton £60m in a straight cash deal, with talks ‘well underway’.

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Furthermore, Jones reckons there’s unlikely to be any threat from Arsenal, who remain in the market for a winger after falling behind Chelsea in the race for Raphinha, who’s on the verge of making the switch to Stamford Bridge for £55m.

What did Jones say about Richarlison?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “Richarlison is not one that Arsenal have made much progress on. On that situation, insiders say Spurs are very much leading the race to sign him at the moment.”

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Why do Tottenham want Richarlison?

Some might look at spending £60m on essentially a squad player as quite steep, but Richarlison could add plenty to Conte’s charges.

Not only does his versatility allow him to play anywhere across the front three, although primarily on the left and through the middle, but he has an impressive record in the Premier League considering he’s generally played for teams in the bottom half of the standings.

In 173 games in the competition, he has scored 48 goals and laid on 18 assists, meaning he directly contributes to a goal every 211 minutes.

With an impressive frontline that already contains Heung Min Son, Dejan Kulusevski and Harry Kane, Richarlison might have a tough job on his hands to be starting games regularly, but the prospect of those four in the same squad is an exciting thought for the Tottenham faithful.

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