Everton transfer news: Reason why Richarlison announcement has not been made revealed
Everton are close to finalising the signing of Richarlison in a £40million-plus deal after the Brazilian passed his medical yesterday.
No announcement has been made – although Toffees fans needn’t worry.
Press Association Sport say the final paperwork hadn’t been completed this morning but that it will be done today.
An official announcement will then be made.
Richarlison will become Everton’s first signing of the summer and will be reunited with manager Marco Silva, whom he worked under at Watford.
It emerged last week that Everton were closing in on signing the Brazilian forward, who played for Toffees boss Marco Silva at Vicarage Road last season.
The 21-year-old joined Watford, where Silva was newly-installed as manager, from Fluminense last summer.
He scored five times in his opening 12 Premier League matches, but did not find the net again for the rest of the campaign.
Everton and Watford have had a somewhat testing relationship, with the Merseyside outfit seeing an initial approach for Silva rebuffed after they sacked Ronald Koeman in October last year.
Watford subsequently decided to dispense with Silva’s services in January, saying the “unwarranted approach” had been the “catalyst”, leading to “a significant deterioration in both focus and results”.
Everton named Sam Allardyce as Koeman’s successor, and after he was then sacked at the end of the season, Silva was appointed on May 31.
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Naby Keita has taken over Steven Gerrard’s number eight shirt at Liverpool and hopes are high on Merseyside that he can reach the heights of their former skipper. Manager Jurgen Klopp agreed a deal for the £50million Guinea midfielder RB Leipzig last year and he already looks worth the wait.
Lucas Torreira looks precisely the type of player Arsenal have been missing in recent years. The Uruguay midfielder cost a reported £26million from Sampdoria but, at 22, that will seem a snip if he provides the guile, the nous and the bite in the centre of the pitch that new Gunners boss Unai Emery is looking for.
Hopes are high on the south coast for Yves Bissouma, the 21-year-old Mali international Brighton boss Chris Hughton has snapped up from Lille. A combative and technically gifted midfielder, Bissouma has been playing regularly in the French league for the past two seasons and agreed a five-year deal with the Seagulls.
Work to do
Tottenham’s focus seems to be on the move into their new stadium but they should be active if, as expected, Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose move on. Crystal Palace, Burnley and Everton are also yet to dip into the market while Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez needs to sell before he can buy.
The jury’s out on…
West Ham, whose owners have spent almost £100million on Felipe Anderson, Issa Diop, Andriy Yarmolenko, Lukasz Fabianski, Fabian Balbuena and Ryan Fredericks, as well as inevitable freebie Jack Wilshere. Expectations have not been this high at the Hammers since they signed Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano – and were subsequently almost relegated.