According to Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea tried to sabotage Richardson’s summer transfer to Tottenham but was unsuccessful.
When he was at Everton, the Brazil international seemed like a promising talent, so it’s not unexpected that there was a lot of interest in him this summer.
Richarlison had interest from both Chelsea and Arsenal before to his move to Spurs, according to Romano, who claims that the Blues even attempted to sabotage the deal very late in the process.
Richarlison’s medical with Tottenham, according to the transfer news expert, was the night Chelsea showed interest. However, the 25-year-old ultimately decided to move to north London, with Antonio Conte possibly playing a significant role in his choice.
Richarlison already had a deal with Tottenham and the two clubs agreed to it, but Chelsea sought to hijack the deal, according to Romano. Chelsea made an offer for Richarlison the night before Richarlison’s medical tests with Tottenham (conducted in Brazil).
Since Conte truly wanted the manager and, of course, champions league football, Arsenal just requested information; there was never a formal discussion.
According to a report from BBC Sport at the time, Richarlison ultimately moved to Tottenham for about £60 million. It would be fascinating to watch how he does after having a sluggish start at his new club.
Although he has netted twice in the champions league, the former Toffees star is yet to score a Premier League goal for Spurs.
Richarlison is a talent that Chelsea could have used this summer to bolster their attack, but they ended up bringing in some other big names instead, like Raheem Sterling from Manchester City and former Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona.