The boss of Toffees weighed in on the speculation about the future of the Brazilian before his trip to Brighton at the weekend
Rafa Benitez rules out the sale of Richarlison before the end of the summer transfer window as the Everton forward continues to attract interest from Paris Saint-Germain.
Richarlison initially joined Everton from Watford for £ 50 million ($ 69 million) in 2018, and has since established himself as one of the top forwards outside the Premier League’s first six.
The Brazilian has been contracted to stay at Goodison Park until 2024, but it is suggested he can move to new pastures this summer, and PSG will reportedly get a bit heavy for his services.
What is the situation?
PSG are currently preparing for the departure of Kylian Mbappe, with Purpose after they reported Real Madrid are waiting for a response to their second bid of € 170 million (£ 146 million / $ 199 million) for the World Cup winner.
Richarlison is suspected to be at the top of the French club’s goal list if Mbappe does go to Santiago Bernabeu, but time is running out with the transfer window closed on Tuesday.
Benitez’s position on Richarlison
Benitez is determined to keep Richarlison up regardless of whether Everton receive formal offers before the deadline, and he has high hopes for the 24-year-old as the current season progresses.
“We are not considering selling him,” the Toffees boss told a news conference before his trip to Brighton on Saturday afternoon. “He is our player, we are very happy with him, very happy and hopefully he can score a lot of goals this year.”
Richarlison’s record at Everton
Richarlison has so far appeared in 121 games in all competitions for Everton and scored 43 goals, including one in their 3-1 win over Southampton on the first weekend of the new season.
The Brazilian international also gave up 10 assists while entering into an effective partnership with Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the final third of the field.