Chelsea’s players have urged the club’s hierarchy to sign Everton star Richarlison ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham, according to reports.
Thomas Tuchel’s team have yet to make their first signing this summer and have already seen Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen leave, while Romelu Lukaku is on the verge of returning to Inter Milan on loan.
Richarlison, meanwhile, is keen to leave Everton and has already attracted interest from several teams in the Premier League.
Everton are demanding £50m for the Brazil international, while both Tottenham and Arsenal have also made approaches in recent weeks.
But according to The Sun, senior members of Chelsea’s team are keen to see Richarlison make the move to Stamford Bridge as the replacement for Lukaku.
The report claims that Chelsea’s players see Richarlison’s ‘aggression and tenacity’ as traits of a player they would like to see added to their squad.
Richarlison, who scored 10 goals in the Premier League last campaign, is believed to have informed Frank Lampard and Everton’s hierarchy that he wants to leave Goodison Park this summer.
‘I’ve already made it clear to the board. I’ve already talked to Lampard too, with my agents and they know what I want. Let’s wait for June,’ the Brazilian said last month.
‘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.’
Richarlison still has two years left on his current contract with Everton.