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Tottenham would ‘NOT be a step up’ for Richarlison after Everton, claims Andros Townsend

Tottenham would ‘NOT be a step forward’ for Richarlison, Andros Townsend claims… with ex-Spurs winger insisting it is ‘disrespectful’ for Toffees to see his old side as career advancement for a £-rated Brazilian 50 million

  • Richarlison was crucial in helping Everton avoid relegation last season
  • Brazilian star has been linked with summer break and Tottenham interested
  • Andros Townsend said it wouldn’t be a step up for him to join from Toffees
  • He said: ‘I think you are being a bit disrespectful by calling Spurs a step forward’

Leaving Everton for Tottenham ‘wouldn’t be a step forward’ for Richarlison, team-mate Andros Townsend insists.

The Brazilian is of interest to Spurs, who have stepped up their efforts to sign him, with the Toffees chasing a fee of more than £50million.

Andros Townsend, who played for both clubs and helped Everton narrowly avoid relegation last season, thinks it’s ‘disrespectful’ to view a Spurs move as an advancement in Richarlison’s career.

Richarlison is a transfer target for Tottenham, who are in talks about a transfer for him

Richarlison is a transfer target for Tottenham, who are in talks about a transfer for him

The Brazilian wouldn't make a step forward by joining the Spurs, says Andros Townsend (right)

The Brazilian wouldn’t make a step forward by joining the Spurs, says Andros Townsend (right)

“I think you’re being a bit disrespectful by calling the Spurs a step up,” he said talkSPORT

“I think Everton is one of the biggest clubs in England, one of the most historic, one of the biggest fan bases.

“He’s already a hero at Everton for what he’s done. He’s a fantastic player and towards the end of the season the goals he scored were to keep us going.”

Everton should ideally sell to ease financial pressures, and some fans have accepted that now may be the right time for Richarlison to leave with just two years left on his contract.

Antonio Conte wants to strengthen his attacking options before the end of the summer period

Antonio Conte wants to strengthen his attacking options before the end of the summer period

He scored twice as many goals as Everton’s second-best goalscorer last season and the club want more than £35 million they paid for him.

Townsend continued: “We talk about what Frank Lampard has done for the team, what the fans have done to lift us up, but Richarlison came back from injury, scored goals and kept us going. So he already has hero status at the club… and that’s all you get from me!

‘I had years of Wilfried Zaha questions’ [when he played at Crystal Palace and Zaha was widely linked with a move away from the club]so I’m used to it by now!’

There is an acceptance that it would be difficult for Everton to replace Richarlison, but the urgent need to allay the financial concerns.

the athletic reported on Saturday that Everton must balance their books by June 30 to be in line with FFP.

Everton want more than £50m but pressure to ease financial problems

Everton want more than £50m but pressure to ease financial problems

Tottenham have proposed players such as Harry Winks and Lucas Moura as part of a deal, knowing Everton will have to sell to meet financial guidelines.

The Spurs are also interested in Anthony Gordon, who emerged as a key player for Lampard last season.

The winger is a promising attacking talent, but the 21-year-old is seen as much more likely to stay in place than Richarlison.

Chelsea also have a stake in the Brazil international but are chasing Raheem Sterling and have discussed alternatives, including Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele and Arsenal target Raphinha.

Spurs are also interesting in recruiting Anthony Gordon (right) from the Toffees

Spurs are also interesting in recruiting Anthony Gordon (right) from the Toffees

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