Everton are insisting that Richarlison is ‘not for sale’ after the club reportedly rejected a huge £85m bid from Barcelona for the forward.
The Brazilian international has emerged as a late target for Barcelona ahead of tomorrow’s transfer deadline, with the La Liga champions have made an offer of €100m (£85m) to prise the 22-year-old away from Goodison Park.
The Spanish giants are desperately seeking attacking reinforcements following a knee injury suffered to Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan ruled out for around four months after undergoing surgery.
Barcelona’s sporting director Eric Abidal is said to be a long-term admirer of the Toffees forward, with Sky Sports reporting that a summer enquiry into his availability was swiftly rejected by Everton.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side have once again turned down the Catalan’s side’s advances, the Premier League club under no pressure to sell one of their prized assets as they seek to build a squad capable of challenging for honours in the coming seasons.
Despite the massive offer the Liverpool Echo say Richarlison is ‘not for sale’ and that it would take an offer ‘way in excess’ of Barcelona’s current bid to tempt a sale, Ancelotti keen to build his new-look side around the forward’s talents.
The former Watford forward moved to the club in a £40m deal in 2018, and has since scored 24 goals in 60 appearances for the Blues, including ten goals so far this season, signing a new long-term deal in December.