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New summer signing reveals why he turned down offers from Arsenal and Chelsea to sign for Spurs

By Mehdi Gokal -

Richarlison has claimed that two other London clubs had approached him this summer.

The Brazilian revealed that both Chelsea and Arsenal had shown interest in the striker but a phone call from Antonio Conte convinced him to choose Tottenham Hotspur over them.

In July, the 25-year-old signed a five-year contract with Spurs after leaving Everton for a fee of £60 million. However, the Brazil international has stated that if Spurs manager Antonio Conte had not intervened, he could have ended up at another major club in the capital.

While speaking about his summer move to Spurs, he said (via Goal) :

“I know Chelsea made an offer, and I believe Arsenal also contacted Everton to ask about my situation, but Spurs came in and paid the fee, you know? It’s as simple as that. Everton had to sell some players to avoid a Financial Fair Play problem, and the negotiations were very brief, to be honest.

“I was on holiday in Brazil when I heard that Tottenham had made Everton an offer. I was happy because they are a huge team. Then it was all about the clubs negotiating a deal, and fortunately, everything went well. Antonio Conte called me during the negotiations and expressed how much he’d like to have me on board – that was vital for my decision.”

Richarlison is up against Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, and Dejan Kulusevski for a starting spot at Tottenham, but he has made eight appearances so far scoring twice in the Champions League against Marseille.

Tottenham sit third on the table, still unbeaten after seven games in the league this season, and will return to action on October 1 against their north London rivals Arsenal in what will be a crunch Premier League clash.

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Archibald&Crooks (SC)
Archibald&Crooks (SC)
6 hours ago

So it was as simple as THFC paid the money before anyone else.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
3 hours ago

As simple as Conte wanting Richy, Richy wanting Spurs, and Egghead releasing the funds…. Simple ish

Eddie
Eddie
7 hours ago

What are the odds on Maguire going to the WC even if he doesn’t start another game for Utd.before then.Southgate,the man who said when he was appointed ,that players will be picked on form not on name.Yet only yesterday he was quoted as saying form isn’t everything.That’s why deserving players don’t get near the squad.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
3 hours ago
Reply to  Eddie

When he took over he banged on about form so he could get rid of the players he didn’t want. It suited his narrative…. Now he has his favourites it’s a different story.. I don’t think he expected to be in the job for so long.

at large
at large
12 hours ago

I like Iran’s chances. They beat Uruguay while Wales England and US all lost and looked bad.

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
13 hours ago

England..like chewing cotton wool ..other nations have moved on worked us out and we have all the charisma of Liz Truss’s puffball face..change it up forGods sake its no good clenching your buttocks and hoping for rinse repeat…it ain’t going to happen.

Chirpy
Chirpy
15 hours ago

Can we now put to bed the tiresome debate over whether Conte wanted Richarlison or not?

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
13 hours ago
Reply to  Chirpy

Lol.. Probably not brother.. Some people lack common sense and simple logic.

Chirpy
Chirpy
6 hours ago

I found it all very strange. Conte was full of praise whenever he spoke of him.

60m isn’t chump change, and it isn’t a position we were weak in – in what world would Spurs have signed the player if Conte didn’t want him?

Harry Hotspur
4 hours ago
Reply to  Chirpy

Please tell me you’re kidding 🤣

Chirpy
Chirpy
2 hours ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Wby would he make a personal call to a player he didn’t want? It makes no sense at all

HotspurGeezer
HotspurGeezer
5 hours ago
Reply to  Chirpy

Would like to believe so but sadly, probably not.
Conte has the final say on ALL transfer business, in & out, but things will always be ignored, misinterpreted, lost in translation or taken out of context, etc.

eddie
eddie
4 hours ago
Reply to  HotspurGeezer

Please tell me you’re kidding.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
3 hours ago
Reply to  HotspurGeezer

The Bald one has the final say on all transfers..

Chirpy
Chirpy
2 hours ago

I’d imagine it takes the nod from all three for 1st team squad players – Levy, Paratici, and Conte

The Spence signing may be a club project, but it will be with the OK of Conte. No point signing him otherwise, and certainly no value in keeping him rather than loaning out.

This is the way all the professional clubs operate, the big two included

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 hour ago
Reply to  Chirpy

It takes the nod from Levy. He’s the big boss man in charge… Of course Conte and Paratici target and scout players who they want.. But it’s the chairman who has control of the funds.
They all work together in a team… It’s not the way all professional club work, this is the model that came from Spain and is now used worldwide… This is the way that most elite clubs operates. But not all have directors of football.

Chirpy
Chirpy
5 seconds ago

Yeah, I did mean all the professional clubs – as in the ones who have their shiz together – not all pro clubs per se

at large
at large
17 hours ago

Two goals for Richy today.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
13 hours ago
Reply to  at large

👌

Chirpy
Chirpy
5 hours ago
Reply to  at large

Jesus left in London with his 1 goal in 3+ years, but some would have you believe Arsenal got the better 9.

6 in 5 for Richarlison in 2022 alone

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
3 hours ago
Reply to  Chirpy

I think Jesus probably is the better number 9.. But Richy is a better winger which is his main position. Richy is more versatile than Jesus. He also defends much better.
After playing second fiddle at City for years, Jeebus had to go to a club where he was going to be the main man, which he would never have been for us.
I prefer Richy, more of a team player, works harder, and he was enthusiastic to join us. Not afraid of the competition after being the main man for the toffees.

Chirpy
Chirpy
1 hour ago

Richarlison is now firmly established as Brazil’s 9 to be fair, while Jesus has one goal for them since the Copa win in 2019.

If Kane was out i’d be much more confident with Richarlison leading our line than Jesus

Eddie
Eddie
18 hours ago

WIth our problems on the left why isn’t Trippier playing LWB?He could also take the free kicks which nobody in the starting eleven can.Southgate is clueless.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
13 hours ago
Reply to  Eddie

Southgate has to go… And why on earth did he play Kane for the full match. He was sprinting back to the centre back position at times to defend, in a ‘friendly’ tournament that we’re already relegated in. Plus Germany on Monday.. Conte must have been pulling his hair out.

Sonificent
Sonificent
12 hours ago

with a decent manager, we should be up there with the frogs as favorites. Southgate couldn’t manage Middlesborough and he certainly can’t manage at the top level. another wasted generation due to the spineless FA

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
3 hours ago
Reply to  Sonificent

Spot on mate.. A proper manager with some tactical nous needed.. With our players we should be much better… Someone like Eddie Howe or Potter would be perfect.. Can’t see those two leaving their jobs though..
Brendan Rodgers maybe? He’s Northern Irish though.

Lord Croker
Lord Croker
1 hour ago
Reply to  Eddie

Southgate is one of the reasons I became uninterested in internationals.

East Stand
East Stand
19 hours ago

Like the banner, it’s like a rogues gallery! 😂

Sonificent
Sonificent
12 hours ago
Reply to  East Stand

The one for Biss was from when he got arrested!

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