Manchester United will attempt to sign Brazilian international Richarlison from Everton this summer, according to reports.
The Toffees are embroiled in a relegation scrap after losing 11 of their last 15 league games, with Richarlison failing to find his best form amidst the chaos.
The 24-year-old has scored just twice in 11 league games and is set to push for a move away from the club this summer, even if Frank Lampard manages to keep Everton up.
That’s according to Brazilian website UOL, who claim Everton will demand a fee of €80m, equating to roughly £66m, to approve his departure.
The report claims United are interested in Richarlison and will try to bring him to Old Trafford in the summer, but adds that they will have to rival Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur for his signature.
United are in the process of appointing a new manager, with interim boss Ralf Rangnick due to step down at the end of the season.
They have won just one of their last seven games in all competitions but after defeat to Everton on Saturday, Rangnick dismissed suggestions that gossip surrounding the club’s next manager is distracting his players.
“I don’t think this should be an excuse,” he said. “We are Manchester United. We have lots of international players. There shouldn’t be an alibi. There will be a new manager next season. If this is announced now or in 10 days it shouldn’t have an impact.
“If you don’t score a single goal in 95 minutes we have to be disappointed. We had a good start and should have created more chances out of that domination. Then we concede a deflected shot and lost a bit of our composure.
“The second half we were trying to add creativity with substitutions but we didn’t always take the right decision.
“We had to do something. We needed a goal and we decided to bring [Juan] Mata and more verticality with [Anthony] Elanga. They were defending with their players in the last 35 minutes.
“We didn’t find the right player at the right moment. We didn’t have enough players in the box when we played crosses.
“It’s not only creativity. I think we had enough creative payers on the pitch. It’s also about being physical enough in the final third, being physical and trying to score a goal. We didn’t have enough players in the box.”
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