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Richarlison: Brazil forward has lived up to the hype at Everton and would be worth every penny to Tottenham

Richarlison: Brazil forward has lived up to the hype at Everton and would be worth every penny to Tottenham

Richarlison skipped onto the Goodison Park turf at the sound of the final whistle, his beaming smile of relief an antidote to the pain shooting through his right adductor. 

The Brazilian had been the chief driving force in dragging Everton to safety during those fraught final few weeks of the season, with the club staring down the barrel of a first relegation since 1951.

Once more the subject of special treatment from Crystal Palace, the forward had run himself into the ground and more than played his part in completing a comeback that immediately entered Goodison Park folklore.

May 19, 2022 - and a 3-2 victory from 2-0 down which secured Premier League survival - will forever be remembered in the club's history.

For Richarlison, as he re-emerged with his baby daughter cradled in his right arm to thank supporters half an hour after full-time, it also felt like the end of a chapter.

A man of few words, manager Frank Lampard urged him to give a speech to his team-mates as the celebrations continued within the sanctity of the home dressing room.

Allan lifted him up as he reluctantly came forward and, tossing aside the ice pack that had been nursing his swollen thigh, said: "It was a good win today. Come on!"

It captured Richarlison's character. Everton fans have delighted in his mischief.

A winner, often bruised but not defeated. Not long after, he would fulfil a promise to himself, hobbling back onto the pitch during the euphoric celebrations, his new-born in tow, but with his facial expression tinged with sadness.

This was a bittersweet moment for the man from the streets of Nova Venecia, an impoverished area in south-east Brazil.

This was a poignant moment with the Everton supporters who were still making their way out of the Gwladys Street End as they turned back and noticed their talisman walking towards them.

Richarlison wanted to show his appreciation in what immediately felt like a goodbye and a full stop on his Everton career. He would not appear at Arsenal a few days later due to injury. It was, in all likelihood, his final appearance in an Everton shirt and the player didn't want to miss the chance for one last dance with those who adored him.

Six goals in his final nine appearances spoke volumes about his importance. He'd cost £40m, but his worth was double that to a club that had been sleepwalking into the Championship canyon.

Prized assets have departed Everton in acrimonious circumstances despite the club not feasting at English football's top table for over three decades. Richarlison has always been open and honest about his affection for the club and its supporters while acknowledging the ceiling of his potential hangs far higher than 16th position.

There is an acceptance that despite majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri's dream of transforming those fortunes since his arrival in 2016, players must know when the time is right to put their own ambitions first.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright and his Tottenham counterpart Daniel Levy were seen having dinner together in Scott's restaurant in Mayfair on Monday night. The conversation wasn't limited to the shellfish and champagne.

Tottenham offered £40m in writing at 4pm on Wednesday and Kenwright initially went away, believing the offer was insufficient. Spurs will now pay an initial £50m with a further £10m in add-ons.

Everton were not happy with the overall £60m package but had to accept that fee for the June 30 deadline to ensure Frank Lampard has wriggle room in the transfer market. The acutely-aware Levy has driven down the price as best he can.

The hope was that Everton could build a team around Richarlison, but Lampard will have to use the profits from the player's sale to shape the necessary rebuild.

Harry Winks and Steven Bergwijn have both been mentioned as potential players heading in the opposite direction, while Spurs are keen on a package deal that includes Anthony Gordon - something Everton have zero interest in entertaining.

Owing to the mitigating circumstances allowed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Everton's overall loss of £372m during the last three years has been seen as falling below the Premier League's £105m loss limit.

The financial outlook remains precarious, however, and so raising capital through player sales is the quickest way of assuaging those fears. Richarlison's departure comes as a heavy blow and a symbol of a heavily mismanaged club over several years. At £60m, he is worth every penny.

Speaking in late May while on international duty, Richarlison told reporters: "I've already made it clear to the board. I've already talked to (manager Frank) Lampard too, with my agents and they know what I want. Let's wait for June.

"Now I can't talk, because when we talk about leaving a club I'm kind of like this, because of the history I have at Everton, the affection that the fans have for me. When we talk about leaving I'm a little speechless."

Last December, Everton announced a review of the football structure following the departure of director of football Marcel Brands. Poor recruitment has contributed to record losses, and Kevin Thelwell has since been appointed his successor.

Trying to sell or move on those that haven't worked - and there have been quite a few - has been problematic and costly, and while much of the deadwood is about to leave owing to contracts expiring, enticing suitors for those on the fringes is proving difficult.

Clubs know Everton are in a position where they must sell, which is giving them leverage in negotiations. That in turn has restricted the club's spending power, and so the downward spiral continues.

Everton have acknowledged their own misgivings, by giving Richarlison their blessing, and they must now take a step backwards in order to move forward.

The club is in the construction phase of a new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock, due to open for the start of the 2024/25 season, but a bright future needs to be built on a solid financial platform.

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