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Conte warned of big Tottenham mistake with ‘strange’ Richarlison deal, as dream alternative named

Richarlison, Japan v Brazil June 2022

Tottenham would be wise to drop their transfer interest in a “strange” deal for Everton striker Richarlison, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Spurs are on a mission to bolster as they look to keep climbing the Premier League table and impress upon their Champions League return. They have already added Ivan Perisic at wing-back, while Yves Bissouma is shoring up the midfield.

But manager Antonio Conte wants more recruits, with a new goalscorer on his agenda.

He has three Premier League Brazilians on his radar, with Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus and now Raphinha of Leeds also of interest alongside Richarlison.

Although, reports have claimed that Conte will sign only one of the three players, with Richarlison valued at around £50million.

The Raphinha interest remains in its infancy compared to the glances in Jesus and Richarlison’s directions. According to Agbonlahor, though, Conte would end up growing frustrated with Richarlison.

“Richarlison, I’m not too sure about,” the pundit told Football Insider.

“He lies on the floor too much for me. He could frustrate Conte. I’m not sure he’s worth that money. I feel he’s nicked a lot of moves for how good he actually is.

“He’s had some big transfers and I don’t rate him, to be honest.

“I would take Gabriel Jesus all day, every day of the week over Richarlison. It’s a strange one from Conte.”

Richarlison has scored 53 goals in 152 games for Everton, and 48 in 173 Premier League appearances. He also has a decent record on the international stage, having netted 14 goals in 36 caps for his country.

Richarlison has yet to win a trophy with Everton, but Jesus knows what it takes to win the Premier League. The 25-year-old has been part of the four titles won in five years by Pep Guardiola’s team.

Richarlison has Tottenham benefits and risks

Richarlison, Everton forward, reacts after missing a chance during Premier League game v Leicester at Goodison Park

Richarlison’s passion and desire would fit right in with Conte’s style of play at Tottenham.

He came up with six massive goals and two assists towards the end of last season to help drive Everton’s Premier League survival.

However, Richarlison could well frustrate Conte, just as he angered Jamie Carragher in the recent Merseyside derby against Liverpool.

Carragher vented at the striker on commentary at Anfield as he stayed down under a challenge.

It remains doubtful as to whether Conte would put up with that side of his game. But as for his goalscoring record, Richarlison proved at the end of last season that he can score big goals in big games.