Report explains why Tottenham Hotspur star Richarlison is a realistic target for Saudi Pro League teams
The report states that Richy is a more realistic target for SPL teams because he isn’t as ‘tied’ to Spurs as other targets who are doing well at their respective teams. A number of European superstars have made the switch from Europe to the Middle East in the last 12 months.
The league is truly a force in global football now, capable of attracting some of the biggest superstars with its financial power. Richarlison, meanwhile, has struggled at Tottenham since his £60million transfer from Everton in the summer of 2022.
That was already a big fee for a player to live up to, and given Richarlison is a forward, and was doing brilliantly for Everton and the Brazilian national team, fans expected him to do as well here.
What should Spurs do?
But that just hasn’t been the case, in all honesty. Five goals in 46 Spurs appearances is a terrible record, at least on paper, for a forward who also plays as a No. 9. Those numbers aren’t good enough.
Richy is 26 and his contract expires in the summer of 2027 (Transfermarkt), so, Spurs would be in a good position to demand a big fee for a player in the prime of his career (at least physically).
Spurs will have to make a decision. The need for a No. 9 is there, and fans will expect a superstar name to replace Harry Kane in the long run. We can only go so far with Son Heung-min as the No. 9.
He, too, is in his 30s. So, should Spurs take an offer for Richarlison if it comes in 2024? Yes, if the offer is considerably big and helps us recover what we paid Everton, although some would argue his valuation has fallen since his move to Tottenham.
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But we have to be careful and not do it mid-season so as to not risk our depth. He is anyway sidelined right now with a pelvic injury for which he underwent surgery, but he is expected to return soon. If he performs well this season, then Spurs will at least have a reason to hold onto him.