Spurs player admits Chelsea wanted to sign him

Richarlison came close to joining Chelsea in the summer.

The Brazilian attacker completed a move to Tottenham Hotspur from Everton in a deal worth £60million back in July.

He has bagged two goals and two assists in eight appearances across all competitions for the North London club.

In the summer, Chelsea tried to hijack Tottenham’s deal but were unwilling to match the offer tabled by Spurs for Richarlison.

He told Goal: “I know Chelsea made an offer, and I believe Arsenal also contacted Everton to ask about my situation, but Spurs came in and paid the fee, you know? It’s as simple as that. Everton had to sell some players to avoid a Financial Fair Play problem, and the negotiations were very brief, to be honest.

“I was on holiday in Brazil when I heard that Tottenham had made Everton an offer. I was happy because they are a huge team. Then it was all about the clubs negotiating a deal, and fortunately, everything went well. Antonio Conte called me during the negotiations and expressed how much he’d like to have me on board – that was vital for my decision.”


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