Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Richarlison from Everton, in a deal that will have repercussions for Newcastle.
The move was confirmed on Friday morning, with the 25-year-old agreeing a five-year deal with Antonio Conte’s side.
Spurs have paid Everton £60million for the Brazil international, who becomes the latest new arrival in North London.
It’s a deal that will delight Conte, who has another attacking option alongside Harry Kane, Son Heung Min and Dejan Kulusevski.
Everton will likely feel bittersweet. They’ve lost their best player, but have received big money that can now be reinvested into the squad.
But what does it all mean for Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United?
Why Richarlison joining Tottenham is good news for Newcastle
Let’s start with the good news. Richarlison signing for Tottenham should enter their interest in Allan Saint-Maximin.
Our number 10 was linked with a move to Spurs in May, with the Daily Mail claiming that Conte was interested in signing the Frenchman.
That won’t be happening now though. They’ve gone for Richarlison instead, who will hope to reach an even higher level at his new club.
The Brazilian was pivotal in keeping Everton up last season, with Frank Lampard describing him as ‘fantastic‘.
Saint-Maximin is equally as important for Newcastle, and it’s vital we keep him this season. He can become really special under Howe, and it’s exciting to see what he can achieve this season.
But the most important thing is keeping him at St James’ Park.
His move to Spurs could also be bad news for Eddie Howe
However, there could be a negative side to Tottenham’s £60million splurge.
Everton have now sold one of their star players, which will surely make them less likely to let another leave. That could mean bad news for our pursuit of Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The striker has been heavily linked with a move to Tyneside. However, a price tag of £60million will prove to be problematic.
But the Magpies need a forward, and Calvert-Lewin is one of our top targets.
Tottenham’s move for Richarlison surely reduces the chance of Calvert-Lewin leaving as well. It will depend on how much money is offered and whether or not they can get a replacement.
Tottenham will be delighted, but Richarlison’s move could seriously hinder Newcastle’s effort to land his former teammate.