Manchester United could make a ‘£50 million-plus’ offer for Everton forward Richarlison in the summer, according to journalist Dean Jones.
It’s expected to be a busy summer at Old Trafford under incoming manager Erik ten Hag and the 24-year-old could be one of the first names to join the extensive rebuild.
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Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard are all set to leave United on free transfers over the coming months when their contracts expire, while Nemanja Matic has already declared his intention to follow suit.
Meanwhile, serious doubts remain over the futures of fringe stars such as Anthony Martial, Dean Henderson and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, leaving Ten Hag with a sizeable task ahead.
According to ESPN, the Dutch tactician is set to prioritise a new striker, central midfielder and centre-back in order to reinforce the spine of his squad ahead of next season.
Big names such as Harry Kane and Darwin Nunez have been outlined as the leading candidates to replace Cavani up front, but United may be priced out of a move for both players.
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The same report states that the Red Devils will have a budget between £100m and £150m, although it will be supplemented by any potential departures.
And Richarlison could be viewed as a cheaper alternative, with Football Insider claiming Everton are prepared to sanction his sale if they receive an offer north of £50m.
What has O’Rourke said about Richarlison?
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano revealed last month that Richarlison has been ‘discussed’ internally by the United hierarchy, and O’Rourke believes they could be prepared to match his price tag.
He told GiveMeSport: “Manchester United have been linked to him, and we know they are in the market for new forwards this summer.
“So, I’m sure they could possibly go to that figure of £50 million-plus what Everton have placed on Richarlison’s head. On his day, we know Richarlison is a world-class striker.”
Would Richarlison be a good signing?
Ten Hag has developed his Ajax side into an accomplished pressing team during his near five-year reign, with his attacking players also expected to play their part.
As per FBref, Richarlison has ranked in the 97th percentile for blocks and tackles, 93rd for pressures and 92nd for interceptions compared to players in his position over the last year.
Therefore, the Brazil international could be an extremely astute purchase for United, allowing Ten Hag to implement his unique style quicker.
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