Pep Guardiola’s Richarlison verdict that Tottenham fans will love as £50m transfer close

Tottenham are closing in on signing Richarlison as Antonio Conte continues to strengthen his team - and rival manager Pep Guardiola has already had his say on the Brazilian.

Tottenham have reached an agreement with both Everton and Richarlison to sign the Brazilian forward, according to Sky Sports.

The fiery hitman scored 10 goals and provided five assists as Everton survived Premier League relegation, leading from the front as Frank Lampard’s side put in a fight to stay up.

The forward is set to become Tottenham’s fourth summer transfer after Antonio Conte’s side already signed Fraser Forster, Ivan Perisic and Yves Bissouma.

Richarlison of Everton celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal during the Premier League match (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Everton are in a desperate financial situation and are looking to offload some of their big names, who can attract a huge fee to stay in line with the Financial Fair Play regulations.

The deadline for Financial Fair Play submissions for this year is Friday night, and there is a huge likelihood that there could be more movement at Goodison in the next 24 hours.

According to Sky Sports, the fee for Richarlison is around £50million and there is also interest in youngster Anthony Gordon from both Spurs and Arsenal.

Pep Guardiola has confirmed Manchester City will play Barcelona in amid-season friendly. Credit: Getty.

What Pep Guardiola said about Richarlison

The Brazilian is highly-rated by some of the best managers in the game and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola has in the past spoken highly of the forward, even when he was just starting out at Everton.

Last season, the Premier League winning manager said: “Richarlison did so well with Watford, then when Marco Silva went to Everton, he brought him with him.

“He is a top player, very fast and goes right and left, that’s why they paid a lot of money for him.”

The fact that Antonio Conte has committed his future to the club and is getting in players that have so much promise and fight is an indication that Spurs are serious about putting up a challenge for the title next season and looking to retain their Champions League spot.