A call from Antonio Conte convinced Richarlison to join Tottenham Hotspur this summer despite interest from Chelsea and Arsenal, the Brazilian has revealed.
The 25-year-old sealed a £60m move from Everton to Spurs in July, joining the north London club on a five-year deal.
But the Brazil international explained that he could have ended up at another big club in the capital had it not been for the intervention of Spurs boss Conte.
“I know Chelsea made an offer, and I think Arsenal also contacted Everton to ask about my situation, but Spurs came and paid the fee,” Richarlison said (via Objective (opens in a new tab)).
“It’s as simple as that. Everton had to sell some players to avoid a Financial Fair Play issue, and the negotiations were very brief, to be honest.
“I was on vacation in Brazil when I heard that Tottenham had made an offer to Everton. I was happy because they are a huge team. Then it was about negotiating a deal between the clubs and luckily , everything went well.
“Antonio Conte called me during the negotiations and told me how much he would like to have me on board – it was vital for my decision.
The striker faced a tough fight for a starting place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium from youngster Dejan Kulusevski.
He is yet to open his Premier League account at Spurs but netted a brace on his Champions League debut to earn his side a 2-0 win over Sporting CP on Matchday 1.
Conte’s side are third in the standings after seven rounds of action, one point behind leaders Arsenal.
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With a busy scheduleit was confirmed that Kane will get plenty of rest. Despite that, there aren’t many more rumors coming in. A new playmaker has been toutedwith Tanguy Ndombele leaves on loan. Djed Spence might start soon toowith Conte impressed with the new signing.
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