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‘Arsenal also contacted’: ‘Amazing’ Tottenham star says Mikel Arteta tried to sign him this summer

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‘Arsenal also contacted’: ‘Amazing’ Tottenham star says Mikel Arteta tried to sign him this summer

Richarlison, a recent addition to Tottenham Hotspur, asserts that Arsenal and Chelsea were interested in signing him before he joined Spurs this summer.

Antonio Conte was eager to acquire a new attacker towards the end of the previous season. 

Spurs immediately determined that Richarlison was the player they desired, and Daniel Levy approved a £60 million agreement to acquire him (Sky Sports).

Richarlison reveals both Arsenal and Chelsea wanted him before he joined Tottenham

After Richarlison announced that he wanted to leave Everton, many teams took a significant interest in him.

Tottenham, as we know now, were highly eager, as were Spurs’ fierce London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal, with sources alleging at the time that both teams wanted to sign him.

Richarlison was quizzed about the interest from the two London sides, and the Brazilian stated that both Chelsea and Arsenal wanted to buy him this summer.

He told FourFourTwo Magazine, as quoted by Football London: “I was on holiday in Brazil when I heard that Tottenham had made Everton an offer.

“I was happy, because they are a huge team. 

“Then it was all about the clubs negotiating a deal, and fortunately, everything went well.

“Antonio Conte called me during the negotiations and expressed how much he’d like to have me on board – that was vital for my decision.”

Asked about other clubs that wanted to sign him, he said: “I know Chelsea made an offer, and I believe Arsenal also contacted Everton to ask about my situation, but Spurs came in and paid the fee, you know? It’s as simple as that.

“Everton had to sell some players to avoid a Financial Fair Play problem, and the negotiations were very brief, to be honest.

“I signed the contract during my holiday in the Pantanal [a remote region of Brazil].”

‘Arsenal also contacted’: ‘Amazing’ Tottenham star says Mikel Arteta tried to sign him this summer

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