Chelsea enter race to sign £50m forward ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham

Chelsea have entered the race to sign Everton forward Richarlison ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham, according to reports.

Last week, reports claimed that Tottenham were closing in on a £51 million deal for the Brazil international, who scored 10 goals in the Premier League last season.

Arsenal have also included Richarlison on their shortlist with Mikel Arteta looking to improve his attacking options, but Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus is the Gunners’ top priority.

According to MailOnline, Chelsea will now consider a move for Richarlison once Romelu Lukaku completes his loan back to Inter.

The report claims that Everton want in excess of £50m for Richarlison but they are willing to sell the 25-year-old this summer.

Everton spent an initial £35m to sign Richarlison from Watford in 2018 but the deal could rise to £50m after add-ons.

Speaking last month, Richarlison indicated that he is seeking to leave Goodison Park before the start of the new season.

‘I’ve already made it clear to the board. I’ve already talked to Lampard too, with my agents and they know what I want. Let’s wait for June,’ the Brazilian said.

‘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.’

Richarlison still has two years remaining on his current deal with Everton.

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