Everton given hope of beating Liverpool to £35m deal

Matt Stead

Richarlison hopes Everton can steal a transfer march on bitter rivals Liverpool over David Neres.

Neres has been linked with both Merseyside clubs after a stellar season with Ajax, scoring 12 goals and assisting 15 in 50 games.

The Sun (yes, we know) were one of many outlets to claim interest from Jurgen Klopp’s European champions last month, while Everton have targeted him as their first-choice centre-forward this summer.

Neres is currently on international duty with Brazil, who are hosting the 2019 Copa America. The 22-year-old started in the 3-0 opening win over Bolivia, alongside Everton forward Richarlison.

When asked about the speculation linking compatriot Neres with a move to Goodison Park, Richarlison told the Liverpool Echo: “Yeah, I read something about that.

“I’ve spoken to him about it already,” he continued. “I told him the doors are open for him there, and that he could help us a lot.

“I hope he comes. He’d be very welcome there. I’ve known him since we played together for Brazil’s U20 side, and he’s a guy I get along with really well. Hopefully I’ll see him there.

“He’s a player who really attacks defenders and runs at his marker, so he’s got the right profile. With me and Bernard there, it would work really well.”

Neres himself was quizzed about the rumours, adding: “I try to stay focused on what’s happening on the pitch, and on the competition I’m playing in. I leave those things to my agents to deal with.

“Of course the Premier League interests me. It’s the best league in the world, and I’ve always wanted to play there. But I leave all that in God’s hands.”