Everton manager Marco Silva has brushed aside rumours of Richarlison making a potential move to Liverpool this summer.
The 21-year-old has been in great form for the Toffees this season, scoring 13 goals in 33 appearances across all competitions following his £35m transfer – potentially rising to £50m – from Watford last summer.
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- Richarlison arrived in the Premier League after Watford beat Ajax to his signature in 2017.
- He made the highest number of league assists (4) and dribbles (47) for Watford, as well as scoring five.
- Richarlison also won more fouls (95) than any other player in the 2017/18 Premier League season.
- He went on to score with his first three shots after joining Everton (v Wolves x2, v Southampton).
- The Brazilian has gone on to 12 times in the Premier League, the most at Everton.
That form has earned him a call-up to Brazil’s senior national side, scoring three goals in eight caps so far, and the adoration of the Goodison Park faithful.
Reports from Brazilian source UOL Esporte on Thursday suggested Jurgen Klopp had already gone as far as meeting Richarlison’s agent, Renato Velasco, at his home with a view to securing a first transfer between Everton and Liverpool since Abel Xavier in 2002.
An Instagram post confirms Velasco did meet with Klopp, but the agent has since denied that it had anything to do Richarlison, telling Sport Witness: “My meeting with Klopp had nothing to do with Richarlison.
“I am an agent of a player of Germany (Noah Weißhaupt), of Freiburg and the U20 of Germany, where his father played with Klopp and they’re friends. So they did not see each other in time and I went to his house to take Marcos (the father).
“It has nothing to do with Richarlison, the people who made the link have added one thing to another.”
Speaking at Friday’s press conference, Silva has dismissed these reports, insisting Richarlison is happy where he is, although he did admit the speculation brought a ‘smile’ to his face.
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“I have to smile,” Silva said. “This speculation is not important to talk about. Just to smile.
“Richarlison is our player and he is really happy here.
“I am 100% sure he will keep learning and improving in the next few seasons.”
Rather than hiding away or leaving fans guessing, Richarlison has been quick to take to social media and reassure Evertonians that he is happy right where he is.
The forward posted images of himself in an Everton kit on his Twitter page with the caption: “I’m happy.”
I'm happy pic.twitter.com/SwQah02hLT
— Richarlison Andrade (@richarlison97) April 4, 2019
Any move for Richarlison would undoubtedly cost in excess of £50m given the fee Everton paid for the player less than a year ago, as well him being under contract with the Blues until 2023.
Everton have been in fine form of late, taking 10 points from their last five games, keeping four clean sheets along the way.
The Toffees face Arsenal at Goodison Park on Sunday.