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Richarlison: Is Brazilian Everton forward worth £85 million?

Barcelona have reportedly had a monstrous £85 million bid for Richarlison rejected by Everton. I’m still shocked after reading it. I’m not sure which party is getting the best deal here. Or which one has made the right decision. Are the Blaugrana, who’s pursuit of Rodrigo has ended, making a ridiculous panic offer with Luis Suarez’s injury? Are the Toffees making a mistake by not cashing in on a player they signed for £35 million (rising to £50 million) in 2018? Let’s have a look:

Barcelona – A transfer policy disaster

To start with, this reported bid from the Catalan club if true, just sums up the mess of their transfer policy. An absolute shambles from a club that used to pride itself on being so well run. The exorbitant amount of money the La Liga giants have spent over recent seasons, leaving them with over £800 million debt and most of the signings up front have failed to settle. Calling them disappointments would be being nice considering how much they’ve costed. Dembele, Coutinho, Malcom, Alcacer. Do you really want to keep piling up this debt when you STILL haven’t paid Liverpool’s full transfer fee for their former Brazilian playmaker?

Richarlison would be a replacement for the injured Luis Suarez

It’s appalling how such talented players have been misused or just been bought without any planning or thought. Ruining careers and the reputation of the club to save the board from their continued incompetence. It’s only the continued brilliance of Lionel Messi that saved Ernesto Valverde and the catastrophe of the Barcelona transfer policy. Now, they’re eyeing up Richarlison, who’s not better than either of the Brazilians or Dembele. Short term and reactionary from Suarez’s injury. Not thought out whatsoever or planned.

Everton – A good decision to reject it

Now let’s take a look at it from Everton’s perspective. Financially speaking, it’s a no brainer. To make such a significant profit on a player you bought less than 2 years ago, it’s a tempting offer no doubt. I’m sure the 22 year old himself would prefer to play in the Nou Camp over Goodison Park. No offence Everton fans.

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri with Bill Kenwright

But I understand why they’ve rejected it. So late in the window, losing your best player who’s single-handedly won you several point this season without a replacement in line, it would be short sighted. At least there’s one club thinking about the future and not panicking. In many ways, it’s a testament to the vision of the owners on the blue of Merseyside. They could easily accept an offer that is generous for the former Watford attacker and take the cash. Especially considering how much they’ve put into the club. However, they realise he’s the side’s best player and crucial to their long term plan. A bit of common sense that Barcelona could really do with.

Richarlison – A top player in the making?

I’m not saying Richarlison is a bad player. 8 goals and 3 assists in 22 Premier League games this season is quite impressive. Especially considering how poor the rest of the side’s attack has been. I mean Theo Walcott, for goodness sake. Need I say more? He’s industrious too and fights for the badge, averaging an incredible 2.4 tackles per game whilst being a forward! That’s better than the figures most defenders put up.

Richarlison in action for Everton

But is he worth £85 million? He’s young, has time to develop into a top player and is performing in the world’s best league. I would like to see more consistency though before you start considering him anywhere near a 3-figure transfer value. The Brazilian always starts the season well, but tails off or has bursts of brilliance before going a few games without doing much. When he finds that consistency, then I think he’ll be Barcelona quality and worth the money. At the moment though, no.

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