Arsenal ‘could move fast’ to beat Premier League rivals Manchester United to the summer signing of Everton star Richarlison, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta failed to welcome a single fresh face to the Emirates Stadium during the winter window, but it appears he has already set his sights on strengthening his options ahead of next season.
What’s the latest news involving Richarlison?
According to 90min, Richarlison is eager to secure a summer exit from Everton as he looks to boost his hopes of making the Brazil squad for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
The report suggests Arsenal are long-term admirers of the striker, who has been capped 34 times by his homeland, and the Gunners have added him to their shortlist of targets.
But the north Londoners are not Richarlison’s only suitors as Manchester United and La Liga giants Real Madrid have reportedly contacted Everton over the possibility of signing Richarlison.
However, the 24-year-old still has more than two years remaining on his £110,000-per-week contract at Goodison Park, meaning his current employers are in the driving seat should any interested parties strengthen their interest.
Richarlison has been on Everton’s books since making a big-money move, worth up to £50million, from Watford close to four years ago.
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What has Dean Jones said about Richarlison?
Jones believes Arsenal could win the race for Richarlison’s signature as they are in a position to move quickly.
However, the transfer insider understands other clubs have already been alerted to the Brazilian’s availability, meaning a move to the Emirates Stadium is not necessarily a forgone conclusion.
Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “I definitely think they could move fast and be the ones that land him.
“They know, too, that he’s been offered to other clubs, including Manchester United.”
Is a move to Arsenal likely to go through?
Everton are still at serious risk of dropping into the Championship, so where they are plying their trade next season could have a huge impact on whether Richarlison moves on from the Toffees.
Billionaire Alisher Usmanov, who has commercial ties to the Merseyside outfit, has seen his assets frozen by the European Union after it announced further sanctions in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Mail on Sunday have claimed that has left Everton with a black hole of up to £300million in their playing budget, potentially boosting Arsenal’s chances of striking a deal for Richarlison.
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