Newcastle United could turn to Richarlison if their bid to sign Hugo Ekitike collapses.
That’s the view of journalist Ben Jacobs, who claims the Magpies are ‘considering a swoop’ for the Brazil international.
Eddie Howe’s side are trying desperately to sign Ekitike, having chased him throughout 2022. He almost joined in January but turned down a deal, and now he’s a target once again this summer.
A fee of £26million has been agreed with Reims, but a deal is yet to be finalised. The 20-year-old reportedly wants assurances over game time, while there has also been a problem with agent fees.
While the chase is still on, Newcastle are prepared to walk away and look for an alternative.
Newcastle could turn to Richarlison
The Northern Echo recently stated that Newcastle’s backup option if they can’t get Ekitike is Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The 25-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to St James’ Park, although his £60million asking price is an issue.
But Jacobs believes they could move for his Toffees teammate instead.
“[Richarlison is] a player that is available in the market and there’s a few clubs currently looking at him,” he told the Football Terrace on YouTube.
“Newcastle United are considering a swoop as well if they don’t get Ekitike.”
Newcastle could add to Brazilian contingent
A move to Newcastle for Richarlison would certainly turn heads. He’s not hugely popular in the North East following previous clashes between the Magpies and Everton.
But he’s certainly a talented player, and he would add the same kind of versatility that Ekitike would bring. Both forwards can play through the middle or out wide. That would be ideal as we need more quality on the wings, which is why we’ve been linked with Moussa Diaby.
While Ekitike is one for the future, Richarlison is already established in the Premier League. He played a key role in helping Frank Lampard’s side avoid relegation last season, scoring 10 goals.
If the 25-year-old did join Newcastle, he’d become the third Brazilian in the squad. He’s an international teammate of Bruno Guimaraes, while Joelinton is gunning to make the Selecao squad.
We could have a Samba trifecta in black and white, but Toon fans may take a bit of time to warm up to Richarlison.
For now though, the club will try and convince Ekitike to move to St James’ Park before turning to Everton’s number seven.