Tottenham should consider keeping Richarlison amid exit rumours

Tottenham Hotspur should consider retaining the services of Richarlison this summer amid speculation surrounding his long-term future.

The Evening Standard reports that the Lilywhites will listen to offers for Richarlison this summer, although the Brazilian forward is reportedly happy at the club.

Spurs are not expected to force him out but will consider sizable proposals for the striker, who has popped up on the radar of Saudi Pro League (SPL) clubs.

The north Londoners are planning a summer clear-out, and Richarlison could be one of several players to make way for reinforcements.

A couple of SPL clubs are weighing up the possibility of launching a move, and Spurs will be compelled to sell if they receive a fee north of the £60 million they paid for the striker in 2022.

The likes of Emerson Royal, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, and Giovani Lo Celso are also on Tottenham’s chopping block this summer.

Emerson is also subject to interest from Saudi clubs, but Serie A giants AC Milan could offer him a route out of England without moving to the Middle East.

Hojbjerg is attracting interest from European clubs and is poised to move on from Spurs this summer as he approaches the final year of his contract.

Richarlison would be a decent backup option

Richarlison has barely justified his £60m fee since joining the north Londoners from Everton in the summer of 2022.

However, he could be a decent squad player for Ange Postecoglou’s side, who are hoping to gatecrash the top four race next season.

The 27-year-old has netted just 15 goals in 66 games for Spurs, 11 of those came in the 2023/24 season, which suggests he’s finally finding his feet in north London.

His 11-goal haul was also the first time he exceeded the ten-goal mark since 13 Premier League goals in back-to-back seasons for Everton (2017/18, 2018/19).

He’s certainly not the prolific marksman Spurs need to close the gap on the top four, but he could be a decent off-the-bench option for Postecoglou next term, as he can feature anywhere across the frontline.

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