Rivaldo tells Richarlison Arsenal is a ‘good option’ after reported transfer snub

Joe Williams
Arsenal target Richarlison runs with the ball

Brazil legend Rivaldo thinks a transfer to Arsenal would be a “good option” for Everton forward Richarlison this summer despite reports he has snubbed a move to the Emirates Stadium.

Richarlison is apparently looking for a way out of Goodison Park this summer after he helped the Toffees narrowly avoid relegation from the Premier League last term.

The Brazil international contributed 10 goals and five assist 30 Premier League appearances and is attracting interest from across Europe.

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The Sun said on Wednesday that Richarlison ‘has told Everton that he wants to leave’ with Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain ‘in his sights’ this summer.

Arsenal are ‘tempted’ to make a move for the 25-year-old but the report adds that Richarlison ‘will snub’ the Gunners – who won’t have Champions League football next season – in favour of a £65m move to another club.

But his compatriot Rivaldo reckons Arsenal would be a “good option” for Richarlison as he looks to keep his place in the Brazil squad ahead of the winter World Cup in Qatar.

Rivaldo told Betfair: “This could be a big summer for Richarlison and his compatriot Edu, who is the technical director at Arsenal, could be crucial in a potential move to the Gunners.

“He looks set to leave Everton, with several big clubs interested, and Arsenal looks a good option for the forward.

“The Gunners have Edu as their director and, after working with Tite until 2019, the ex-Arsenal midfielder knows Richarlison very well from the Brazilian national team.

“Joining a club that fights near the top of the Premier League could be important for Richarlison, after a tough season with Everton, in which he was crucial to saving the club from relegation.

“If he gets a big move, he will have a better chance of becoming a first choice forward for Brazil at the World Cup in Qatar.”

Asked about his future at the end of May, Richarlison said: “I’ve already made it clear to the board. I’ve already talked to Frank Lampard too, with my agents and they know what I want. Let’s wait for June.

“Now I can’t talk, because when we talk about leaving a club I’m kind of like this, because of the history I have at Everton, the affection that the fans have for me. When we talk about leaving I’m a little speechless.”