Tottenham have signed their fourth player in four weeks with Richarlison the most expensive of the lot, and he could quickly be followed by a fifth, per reports.
Spurs chief Fabio Paratici moved quickly to land Fraser Forster, Ivan Perisic and Yves Bissouma this summer. But with Antonio Conte in good standing and Tottenham about to embark on a Champions League campaign, the business was never likely to end there.
Everton’s Richarlison emerged as a concrete transfer target with Conte seeking vital depth in the forward line.
The Brazilian, 25, can operate on either wing, and crucially, can deputise centrally on the rare occasions Harry Kane misses out.
Signing a player capable of backing up Kane has been an issue Tottenham have never truly got to grips with – until now.
The clubs provided confirmation at 9am with Spurs tweeting a highlights package featuring the Brazilian.
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Everton released a statement on their official website that thanked Richarlison for a fantastic four years at Goodison Park. It’s fair to say the Toffees may currently be a Championship club if not for Richarlison’s heroics at the back end of last season.
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano was on top of the finances, as ever.
Late on Wednesday night, the trusted journalist tweeted Tottenham have paid an initial £50m fee that could rise to £60m pending add-ons. He also reported Richarlison had passed his medical.
Spurs’ official website did acknowledge the deal is subject to Richarlison being granted a work permit. That, however, is expected to be a formality.
Fifth signing to follow Richarlison?
Four arrivals could quickly become five as early as this coming weekend.
That’s according to Sky Sports, who claimed a deal to sign Middlesbrough’s Djed Spence is ‘advanced’.
A package totalling £20m has been touted for the energetic right-back. Sky add it could comprise £15m up front with a further £5m scheduled for add-ons.
If signed, Conte would have made additions at goalkeeper, right wing-back, left wing-back, central midfield and the forward line.
All that would remain is to buy a new centre-back. Barcelona’s Clement Lenglet could fill that void in an initial loan capacity.