Everton would find an offer of £80-90m for their forward Richarlison “hard to turn down” amid interest from Real Madrid, according to Noel Whelan.
The 24-year-old joined Everton in 2018 from Watford for a fee believed to be around £35m plus a further £15m in add-ons.
Richarlison has netted 42 times for the Toffees from his 119 appearances across all competitions.
The Brazillian impressed under Carlo Ancelotti. This summer the Italian has returned to Real Madrid to replace Zinedine Zidane.
“Richarlison is a number one fixture for Brazil. We do know they’ve already fended off approaches from Barcelona for this player.
“How long can they do that? If money comes, and it’s a big amount of money – it’s got to be close to the £80-90million to prise him away – it would be hard to turn down for Everton.
“They do have a good squad. I’m sure they’ll go into the market and strengthen again. They’ve got a new stadium on the horizon as well but for that new stadium, you need European football.
“There’s a process that needs to be put into action. I think there was last year with Ancelotti but now it’s taken a step back. It’s a back to the drawing board, so to speak.
“Rafa Benitez needs to assure these players that his appointment is the right appointment.
“That he can take them to the next level where these players want to be playing on the biggest stage.”
“It’s typical really, a young player coming into the Premier League who can’t find his feet.
“He looked the business in Italy, came over here and can’t do the job, but on loan at Paris Saint-Germain, he’s ripping it up.
“He scored plenty of goals, but it’s unfortunate for Everton. The money is good, they have deep pockets so you make a premium on a player who didn’t quite work out.”