Majority owner Farhad Moshiri only wants straight cash if Everton are to part ways with Tottenham target Richarlison this summer.
The Brazilian forward has been heavily linked with a move to north London since the end of the season. Indeed, Antonio Conte is reportedly looking to bolster his forward options ahead of a return to the Champions League.
Tottenham are reportedly willing to throw in Lucas Moura or Harry Winks in a swap option. However, Daily Star journalist Paul Brown claims that an exchange of players will not happen.
Speaking to GIVE ME SPORT on Friday evening, Brown revealed what Moshiri has decided to do if any firm Richarlison offers come in.
“My understanding is that from Everton’s point of view, they would rather keep the two things separate and that any deal for Richarlison would be just for money,” he said.
However, he did offer a caveat to Spurs by adding:”That might change.”
Richarlison is a talismanic figure at Goodison Park, despite his antics sometimes rubbing fans up the wrong way.
Indeed, train Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor does not think the 25-year-old would be a good signing for Tottenham.
Tottenham swap options for Richarlison not ideal
In terms of players reportedly on offer at Spurs as a makeweight, Winks is the most likely fit.
The England midfielder has a better passing range than the likes of Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure. He is also more of a box-to-box player, similar to Everton boss Frank Lampard in his playing days. However, Winks is not a physical presence and struggles with consistency in his performance levels.
Lucas Moura has been impressive in north London since arriving from PSG in January 2018. However, the pacy Brazilian is an out-and-out winger and Everton are already well covered in the wide positions.
To that end, a straight cash deal appears to make more sense – giving Lampard the chance to scour the whole of Europe for fresh additions.
Two factors are now key to any cash deal. Firstly, Everton need to convince their Premier League rivals to cough up £50m for the forward. Furthermore, they also need to identify a replacement straight away.
The Toffees also need to take Financial Fair Play constraints into consideration.
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