By George Overhill

16th Jun, 2022 | 7:40pm

Tottenham will not pay £50million plus Richarlison price, Everton may be forced to take lower

Tottenham will not meet Richarlison’s asking price but Everton may be “squeezed” into taking less later in the window, according to David Ornstein.

The Athletic journalist had previously reported, in response to a claim from UOL Esporte’s Bruno Andrade in Brazil that Spurs were in “advanced talks” over a €60million deal for the forward, that the Toffees wanted in excess of £51million but would struggle to get it.

He has now gone further to rule out the prospect of them receiving that money from the North London side, and raised the prospect that the perilous financial situation at Goodison Park could be used to force the club into accepting less for a player with two years left on his current contract.

In a discussion about Spurs transfer business posted on The Athletic’s YouTube channel Ornstein said: “Tottenham won’t come to the level of finance that Everton would be looking for at this point.

“But there are a number of people around the game who think that with Everton’s financial position they may, as the window goes on, get squeezed into accepting a lower figure for him, and that’s when Tottenham might feel that they can pounce.

“And when you speak to certain sources around Everton they think this move will end up happening by the end of the transfer window.”

Bleak

There appears to be a resignation to the fact that the 25-year-old will be leaving before the end of the summer, which after his exploits in the relegation battle is deflating enough.

At the very least the club and the fans would expect to be handsomely compensated in the event of his exit, such that Frank Lampard could be given the chance to rebuild in his absence.

The widely publicised situation surrounding the finances at the club are working against them if it is seen within football as a reason the Toffees are operating in a buyer’s market.

The somewhat controversial recent sponsorship deal announced with Stake.com may have eased concerns slightly, but in light of losses totalling well over £300million in recent seasons it hasn’t solved the problem.

Fans will feel especially aggrieved if their star man walks for a low-ball offer thanks to the mess at the club, and owner Farhad Moshiri won’t be shone in a good light if that happens.

There is now a wildcard element in the entire situation this summer, with the news that there have been multiple approaches concerned with buying the club.

The Peter Kenyon-led consortium looks to be in the ascendency, and there is an outside chance that a takeover switches the financial outlook entirely.

It seems unlikely at this point that even that would keep Richarlison at the club, but it could at least fortify the Toffees against being strong-armed in the market.

Absent that development though the impending exit of one of the reasons Premier League football is still on offer come August may not even bring the windfall that would be hoped for.

In other Everton news, a Sky Sports pundit is excited at the prospect of “something really special” resulting from a chance of ownership.

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