Richarlison says a phone call from Antonio Conte helped him make the plunge to sign for Spurs in the summer despite interest from Chelsea and Arsenal.
The Brazil forward was desperate to move on from Everton at the end of last season. Goal Brasil reported in May that the 25-year-old wanted to swap a club struggling for a team who could fight for trophies.
Richarlison has since accused the Goodison Park club of “suffering with a lack of ambition”.
The striker’s wish of a transfer was granted when Tottenham made an official bid to land the former Watford man. And on July 1 Richarlison completed a £50m move to Spurs to link up with the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
But there was rival interest from both Chelsea and north London neighbours Arsenal. In fact Todd Boehly at Stamford Bridge lodged a serious offer for the player, but Richarlison jumped at the move to Spurs.
The Athletic reporter David Ornstein revealed that an unnamed club other than Spurs showed late interest in Richarlison. But the interest from west London proved to be too late in the day.
Speaking on international team duty, Richarlison said: “I know Chelsea made an offer, and I believe Arsenal also contacted Everton to ask about my situation, 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 called up by Tite
Richarlison admits that he was happy to sign for “huge club” Spurs after they agreed a fee with Everton.
“I was on holiday in Brazil when I heard that Tottenham had made Everton an offer. I was happy because they are a huge team.
“Then it was all about the clubs negotiating a deal, and fortunately, everything went well. Antonio Conte called me during the negotiations and expressed how much he’d like to have me on board – that was vital for my decision,” added Richarlison, via Goal.
The Nova Venecia-born attacker has made six appearances in the Premier League, including two starts and he has collected two assists.
Richarlison has been called up by Tite for Brazil’s two friendlies against Ghana and Tunisia. The Spurs man has 36 caps to his name and he will be hoping to get the nod alongside Neymar and the likes of Raphinha and Vinicius Jnr against the Africans on Friday night.
Tite looks likely rotate across the two fixtures, but he is likely to pick as close to his strongest XI for the game in Le Harve.