Chelsea is in need of extra firepower for next season after letting Romelu Lukaku leave on loan, and the replacement with the backing of the rest of the squad is reportedly Richarlison
Richarlison of Everton celebrates scoring his team’s second and equalizing goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on May 19, 2022
Chelsea stars are reportedly keen for the club to sign Richarlison as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku.
The Blues are a striker short after agreeing to Lukaku’s exit on loan to Inter Milan for next season. And according to The Sun, Everton forward Richarlison is the man favored by the rest of the squad to plug that gap.
It’s claimed that Brazil international’s fiery play style makes him an attractive option in the eyes of some players. He has earned a reputation for his gamesmanship and never say die attitude, which helped in Everton’s battle to avoid the drop last season.
He registered 11 goals and five assists in all competitions, but it’s his ‘devilish personality’ which is helping his case among the Chelsea camp. One of those strikes came against them in a 1-0 win at Goodison Park, after which he threw a smoke bomb into the crowd and earned himself an FA charge.
Richarlison is said to have made it clear to Toffees boss and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard that he wants to leave this summer, with two years left on his contract, and a £ 50 million price tag has been set. Stamford Bridge chiefs do have alternatives if that move doesn’t materialize, with Arsenal and Tottenham also interested.
Romelu Lukaku of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on May 7, 2022
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling’s potential availability has caught Thomas Tuchel’s eye, while Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele has also been linked with a move to west London this summer.