Chelsea are considering a move for Everton forward Richarlison
Chelsea are considering a move for Everton forward Richarlison (Pictures: Getty)

Glen Johnson believes Everton forward Richarlison would be a ‘sensible’ signing for Chelsea but says his former club should not be paying over the odds for a player also being linked with Arsenal and Tottenham.

Brazil international Richarlison is expected to leave Goodison Park this summer and has attracted interest from London rivals Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.

Thomas Tuchel wants to bolster his attacking options following an underwhelming end to the 2021-22 campaign, while Mikel Arteta needs at least one new forward following the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Antonio Conte, meanwhile, wants to strengthen his Spurs squad ahead of Tottenham’s return to the Champions League and has also expressed interest in signing Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus.

Richarlison, 25, has scored 53 goals in 152 appearances for Everton and helped the Toffees avoid relegation to the Championship last season.

Asked if Chelsea should launch a move for Richarlison, former Blues defender Johnson told BettingOdds. ‘I certainly believe he would suit the way Chelsea play more than Romelu Lukaku.

‘Whether he’s good enough to be their main man and get 20 goals a season, then I’m not so sure.

Richarlison helped Everton avoid relegation last season
Richarlison helped Everton avoid relegation last season (Picture: Getty)

‘I do like him though and I think he’s a good player and it could be a sensible move if the fee is reasonable.’

Belgium striker Lukaku looks set to leave Chelsea this summer and is keen to return to Serie A club Inter Milan.

Meanwhile, Richarlison was asked about his future at Everton earlier this month and 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.’

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