Everton forward Richarlison could become a target for Juventus if they cannot land their priority option Giacomo Raspadori in the summer, according to a report.
It has been a turbulent season for Everton, who are in serious danger of suffering relegation. Even if they avoid the drop, they could lose some of their talent in the summer. Reports have suggested Richarlison is one of the players they could cash in on.
The Toffees may have to sacrifice either the Brazilian or his strike partner Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Neither have been at their best this year, but could still have several suitors.
For example, Richarlison has been linked with a move to Manchester United. But his next transfer could end up being outside the Premier League, if a certain chain of events unfolds.
According to La Repubblica, Juventus have placed Richarlison on their shortlist for the summer. He represents an alternative to Sassuolo starlet Raspadori, as do Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo and Ajax’s Antony.
Richarlison has never played in Italy before. His career pathway took him to Everton via America Mineiro and Fluminense in Brazil, then Watford in England.
Still only 24 years old, a summer transfer could reinvigorate him. Juventus are likely to have Champions League football on offer, so it would be a step up, too.
It is not yet clear how much Richarlison may cost his potential suitors. His contract with Everton is due to run until 2024.
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Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison could both depart this summer as Everton's finances take hit.
They spent more than £35m to take him from Watford back in July 2018. Since then, he has provided them with 49 goals from 144 games.
There have only been seven from 25 this season, though. Everton will need to reinvest in the summer and that means they may have to recoup what they can for one of their most marketable assets now.
Richarlison one of four on Juventus list
That said, Juventus will be focusing on Raspadori first and foremost. Recently linked with Newcastle, he made his Serie A debut in the 2018-19 season and has become more of a regular feature over the past couple of campaigns.
He has scored nine goals in Serie A this season. The 22-year-old is now one of Italy’s most promising prospects.
The same still goes for Roma’s Zaniolo, whose future is in doubt after an up-and-down first season back after a year out with an ACL injury. Like Richarlison and Raspadori, his contract is up in 2024.
Antony, meanwhile, has been turning heads with his performances for Ajax. An international colleague of Richarlison, he has been tipped to attract some Premier League sides himself.