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Tottenham Hotspur new-boy has claimed that Arsenal and Chelsea both wanted to sign him before he joined Spurs this summer.

Antonio Conte was very keen on a new attacker at the end of last season. Spurs decided very quickly that Richarlison was the man they wanted, and Daniel Levy sanctioned a £60 million deal (Sky Sports) to bring him in.

Richarlison says Arsenal and Chelsea wanted him before he joined Tottenham

After Richarlison decided that he wanted to leave Everton, many clubs took a serious interest in him.

Tottenham, as we know now, were really keen, as were Spurs’ fierce London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal, with reports claiming at the time that both clubs tried to sign him.

Richarlison was asked about the interest from the two London sides, and the Brazilian confirmed that both Chelsea and Arsenal wanted to sign him this summer.

He told FourFourTwo Magazine, as quoted by Football London: “I was on holiday in Brazil when I heard that Tottenham had made Everton an offer.

“I was happy, because they are a huge team. Then it was all about the clubs negotiating a deal, and fortunately, everything went well. Antonio Conte called me during the negotiations and expressed how much he’d like to have me on board – that was vital for my decision.”

Asked about other clubs that wanted to sign him, he said: “I know Chelsea made an offer, and I believe Arsenal also contacted Everton to ask about my situation, but Spurs came in and paid the fee, you know? It’s as simple as that.

“Everton had to sell some players to avoid a Financial Fair Play problem, and the negotiations were very brief, to be honest. I signed the contract during my holiday in the Pantanal [a remote region of Brazil].”

Our View:

Richarlison has had a great start to life at Tottenham.

The Brazilian has scored two goals and provided two assists in just four starts so far, and Conte has even preferred him to Dejan Kulusevski in recent games.

Reports have revealed that the Tottenham boss and every player at the club have been seriously impressed by Richarlison. His work ethic seems to have blown everyone away, and he has become a really popular figure at the club.

Fellow summer signing Ivan Perisic, who has played with plenty of world-class players over the years, loves Richarlison too. He branded the Brazilian as ‘amazing’ and claimed that he likes to ‘have a player like him in the team’.



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