By Declan Walsh

22nd Jun, 2022 | 6:00pm

Richarlison pushed in direction of Everton exit by his own people amid Arsenal development - Paul Brown

Richarlison is being pushed towards leaving Everton this summer by his own “people”, according to freelance journalist Paul Brown.

Brown, who’s written for the Daily Star, Express and Mirror, reported via his personal Twitter account on Wednesday (22 June) that while Tottenham’s interest has been “exaggerated” and he’s not a priority for Chelsea, Arsenal have a strong relationship with those close to the 25-year-old forward.

It is understood that the interest in Richarlison is bound to increase as the summer progresses and Brown adds that he believes Everton’s £50million asking price is reasonable.

“Richarlison’s people are trying hard to move him but Everton are right to set a fair price. Understand Tottenham’s interest has been exaggerated and he isn’t Chelsea’s first choice forward. But Arsenal have good relations with those close to him – and other clubs are expected to enter the race,” said Brown via his personal Twitter account on 22 June.

In another tweet, he added: “Considering Everton signed Richarlison for £35m plus add-ons four years ago, he has since gone on to become a regular for Brazil, and has two years left on the improved contract he signed, a fee of over £50m is not unrealistic when you see how other clubs are valuing similar players.”

Saga developing?

After the way Richarlison ended the season, it’ll be hard to find an Evertonian who’d be happy to see the Brazil international leave Goodison Park this summer.

However, it’s fairly clear that Richarlison doesn’t belong in a Premier League relegation battle, he should be playing for clubs that are at least close to getting into European football and Everton need to raise funds.

We’ve spent very poorly in the transfer market under Farhad Moshiri’s ownership and that’s down to not only Moshiri but a whole host of directors, managers and agents.

If we have to sell Richarlison in order to bring in new faces, that’s the result of years of bad business.

It’s hard to stomach but we don’t really see any way in which Richarlison ends up staying on at Goodison Park.

If a club makes a good offer that at least gets into the ball park of what Everton are demanding, we’d expect the Toffees to cash in and use that money to bring in at least a couple of new faces.

That £50million valuation is more than fair, by the way.

He’s a starter for Brazil, he’s experienced in the Premier League, he’s approaching the peak of his career and he’s absolutely quality.