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Everton Striker Gathering Interest From Paris Saint-Germain: Should Rafa Cash In On Him?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Eurosport claimed that Everton striker Richarlison is gathering interest from Paris Saint-Germain as the French giants are eyeing a move to recruit him next year. It is understood that PSG remain keen on the Toffees attacker and could move in for him if they lose Kylian Mbappe in 2022.

Richarlison’s Decent Run Of Form At Goodison Park Last Season

Richarlison had another impressive campaign with the Merseysiders recently as he continued to excel as a key member of their attack. The South American forward participated in 40 matches for his current club last season, scoring 13 goals and grabbing three assists in multiple competitions.

The Brazilian sensation gave a good account of himself by averaging 1.4 tackles, 1.0 clearances, 2.4 shots, 0.7 key passes and 1.8 dribbles per game in Premier League football. However, he was guilty of giving away the ball cheaply at times when distributing possession to his teammates after completing only 70% of his attempted passes in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

Richarlison’s current deal at Goodison Park runs out in the summer of 2024, so the Toffees are under no immediate pressure to let him leave even if PSG decides to launch an official bid for him in January or next summer.

Everton's Richarlison gathering interest from Paris (Richarlison is seen in the picture)
Everton’s Brazilian striker Richarlison looks on during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 12, 2020. (Photo by PETER POWELL / POOL / AFP)

Should The Toffees Cash In On Richarlison?

Richarlison has got an excellent work rate and is always willing to get on the ball to make things happen for Everton in the final third. He has transformed himself into a decent goal-getter during his spell at Merseyside and can also create a few promising goal-scoring chances for his teammates in the opposition half.

The 32-time Brazil international has formed an excellent attacking partnership with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and could get even better under the expert stewardship of Rafael Benitez over the next 12 months. At 24, Richarlison is about to embark upon the prime years of his playing career, so the new Everton boss can expect to make the most of his talents in the coming seasons. He has often played as a centre-forward for the Toffees in recent times but can also fill in as a winger on either flank if needed.

Richarlison remains an important member of Everton’s first team. Therefore, Benitez cannot afford to cash in on him unless PSG end up tabling an offer he can’t refuse for the player. The Brazilian talent is currently carrying most of his team’s goal-scoring and creative workload, so it would be unwise for the Merseyside outfit to let him go unless they can bring in a suitable replacement.

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