Striker claims Chelsea had made offer for him before he joined London rivals
Tottenham Hotspur forward Richarlison said Chelsea submitted a transfer offer to Everton for him in the summer transfer window.
There were a number of clubs, including Chelsea and Tottenham, who were in the market for new attackers last summer.
Richarlison, who finished last season with 10 goals and five assists in the Premier League, was one of those available due to Everton’s being under financial pressure.
The 25-year-old eventually joined Spurs in early July and became Antonio Conte’s biggest summer signing.
Tottenham’s quick manouevre, compared to Chelsea’s and Arsenal’s played a big part in his decisions, Richarlison admitted.
Richarlison claims Chelsea had made offer for him
“I know Chelsea made an offer, and I believe Arsenal also contacted Everton to ask about my situation,” the Brazil international said when on international duty (via Goal).
“but Spurs came in and paid the fee, you know? It’s as simple as that.
“Everton had to sell some players to avoid a Financial Fair Play problem, and the negotiations were very brief, to be honest.”
Richarlison also pointed out that Conte actually called him during the negotiations which helped convince him about the move.
According to Sky Sports, Tottenham had to fork out £50million plus £10m in add-ons to secure the deal, which suggests that he was one of the club’s top targets.
Chelsea, on the other hand, had to prioritise reinforcing their defence following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
The Blues eventually brought in two attackers during the window; Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who have also had a proven track record in the Premier League.
You’ve got to appreciate the fact that Chelsea’s new owners are definitely leaving no stone unturned and are going about things in their own way. Hopefully, it’s the right way and getting rid of all the old guard doesn’t backfire.