By George Overhill

24th Jun, 2022 | 7:50am

Tottenham set to make official bid for Everton star Richarlison within days

Tottenham are expected to submit an official bid to Everton for star forward Richarlison in the “coming days”, according to GOAL.

The Brazilian wants to move this summer and the North London side appeared to have jumped ahead of the crowd when UOL Esporte’s Bruno Andrade reported on 11 June that they were in advanced negotiations over a €60million move.

That has subsequently looked to be premature, and Chelsea have also now risen to prominence in the race after their ownership situation settled.

An unwillingness from Spurs, or anyone, to meet the Toffees’ asking price of at least £50million has been raised as an issue by the likes of David Ornstein.

Harry Winks and Lucas Moura have been floated as potential make-weights in a deal [The Telegraph], and it now looks like the club are set to hear what Antonio Conte’s side are willing to offer.

GOAL report that the player’s agents are due to meet with the Tottenham board, with a bid following before the end of June.

Value

The Toffees are caught between a rock and a hard place, with it imperative for them to receive maximum value if they are to lose one of their key players.

But the rest of the summer transfer business may hinge on incoming funds being secured first, so their ability to hold firm in negotiations may be compromised.

With two years remaining on his contract at Goodison Park Richarlison holds plenty of value, not least after his exploits in helping the club avoid relegation.

But other clubs will be aware of the tight finances and are bound to try to take advantage of that situation.

The fact that Chelsea’s interest appears to be growing could be of benefit however, as it might increase the urgency for either of the two Champions League sides to beat each other to his signature.

From the player’s point of view, as he prefers to remain in the Premier League, it would appear that there are greater opportunities for him to be a regular performer at Stamford Bridge.

The links between Frank Lampard and his former side may also make negotiations in that direction easier, but it appears Tottenham are set to make the first advance.