April 19, 2024

Everton have been slammed over the transfer failure that was Richarlison’s sale to Tottenham Hotspurs last summer.

 

Richarlison was sold to Tottenham Hotspurs last summer for a fee of around £60 million. This while on the surface seeming to be a good fee, was actually not a great deal for The Toffees.

 

The Goodison Park side had initially spent a whopping £40m on bringing the Brazilian to the club, and when wages and bonuses are factored in, the sale most likely saw Everton break even at best.

 

This is a sale which caused much outrage at the time with Brazil’s number nine shipped out to try and comply with the Premier League‘s profitability and sustainability rules.

Now, Everton has once again been slammed for the sale with a pundit explaining that it ‘sums up’ the club.

 

Everton criticised for poor transfer business

Pundit Michael Ball was writing for the Liverpool Echo and in doing so was discussing the poor transfer sales Everton has done in recent times.

 

Among these mentioned was Richarlison’s sale to Spurs.

“We did not get the most out of the Richarlison £60million sale and now we understand why. If you factor in the wages and fees we probably just broke even on Richarlison and he’s Brazil’s number nine! It sums up how the club has been run, we’re struggling to make a profit out of Brazil’s number nine.

 

“It’s a failure.” Ball continued to explain.

 

“Every football club is a selling football club. Real Madrid and Barcelona are at times, it’s just the way modern football is.”

 

Everton must learn their lesson

Right now, Everton has multiple high-value assets at the club that are likely to be the target of much interest from clubs higher up the table.

 

Jarrad Branthwaite and Amadou Onana in particular have both been linked with big-money moves to the likes of Manchester United.

 

Everton needs to stand strong on their valuation, and get the fair market price for their players, and avoid being pressured into a sale by FFP restrictions.

 

If they do, two sales could be all they need in order to rebuild the squad and improve the quality ten-fold.

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