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‘Richarlison is a hero’ – Everton teammate Andros Townsend responds to transfer rumours linking Brazilian to former club Tottenham

‘Richarlison is a hero’ – Everton teammate Andros Townsend responds to transfer rumours linking Brazilian to former club Tottenham

Andros Townsend insisted Richarlison is ‘already at one of the biggest clubs in England’ as he responded to rumours linking his Everton teammate with a transfer to Tottenham.

The Brazilian is said to be in talks over a move to north London, with Spurs stepping up their interest over the past week.

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Richarlison has been strongly linked with a move away from Everton this summer

Reports claim the Toffees are under pressure to raise funds through player sales this summer to comply with Financial Fair Play.

Chelsea have also been linked with an interest in Richarlison, as have Arsenal but the Gunners appear to have cooled on him with Gabriel Jesus set to join them from Man City.

But Tottenham are now said to be leading the race for the 25-year-old, although they have been told to up their bid of around £50million.

Richarlison joined Everton from Watford in 2018 for an initial £35m, but add-ons have since taken that deal up to the £50m mark. Watford are believed to have negotiated a ten per cent sell-on fee, and so Everton are not prepared to cash in for less than they paid four years ago.

It has even been claimed in several reports that Richarlison wants to leave Everton this summer in search of a new challenge, after helping to guide the Toffees clear of relegation danger last season.

That’s despite the player himself rubbishing similar claims, by responding to a rumour on Twitter by saying, “Crazy is who trusts these sources”, followed by a vomit emoji.

Richarlison has already responded to links away from Everton this summer

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Richarlison has already responded to links away from Everton this summer

Richarlison is a hero at Everton and regularly posts on social media about his love for the club and fans

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Richarlison is a hero at Everton and regularly posts on social media about his love for the club and fans

And Townsend hopes Richarlison’s hero status at Goodison Park will be enough for the star to stay put.

Asked how big a move to Tottenham would be for the Brazil striker, the former Spurs star and current Everton man insisted he is already at a big club.

Responding to Laura Woods and Jamie O’Hara on the talkSPORT Breakfast, he laughed: “I think you’re being slightly disrespectful by calling Spurs a step up!

“I think Everton is one of the biggest clubs in England, one of the most historic clubs, one of the biggest fanbases…

Townsend says Toffees teammate Richarlison already has ‘hero status’ at Everton

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Townsend says Toffees teammate Richarlison already has ‘hero status’ at Everton

“He’s already a hero at Everton for what he’s done. He’s a fantastic player and towards the end of the season the goals he scored to keep us up…

“We speak about what Frank Lampard did for the team, why the fans did to lift us, but Richarlison came back from injury, scored goals and kept us up.

“So he’s already got hero status at the club… and that’s all you’re getting from me!

“I had years of Wilfried Zaha questions [when he played at Crystal Palace], so I’m used to it by now!”

Played like a true pro, Andros.

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