TThree London clubs have been chasing Brazilian strikers this summer. Arsenal are signing Gabriel Jesus on a five-year deal from Manchester City; Tottenham agreed a £50m fee for Everton striker Richarlison; and Chelsea are seeking a £55m deal for Raphinha. Would they be good signings and where would they fit in at their new clubs?
Tottenham are causing another stir in the transfer market with the imminent arrival of Richarlison for £50m. He was the star of a disappointing Everton side last season, directly contributing to 15 of their 43 Premier League goals (35%). Everton have been reluctant to cash in on one of his best players, but the rules of financial fair play have led them to sell the Brazilian international.
Spurs have been busy in the market this summer, signing Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster and Yves Bissouma, with Richarlison’s fee also taking the £150m capital increase the club received in May. The 25-year-old should thrive under Antonio Conte’s watchful eye. Richarlison is not one to be shy about the dark arts of the game and his tenacious and combative style will give Conte an alternative approach.
Crucially, Richarlison can operate in any of the attacking positions in Conte’s favorite 3-4-3 setup. He will provide tough competition for Son Heung-Min and Dejan Kulusevski while also serving as serious back-up for Harry Kane, something Tottenham have needed in recent seasons. Nineteen of his 28 league starts last season were as Everton’s main striker, so Spurs finally have an additional striker who can lead the charge if needed.
Richarlison is an upgrade from the current reserve options (Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn) and, with Spurs back in the Champions League, Conte needs a bigger squad to fight for trophies. Richarlison is unlikely to be an automatic starter, but in what will be a long season, the added depth force he brings will be vital.
Alexandre Lacazette’s return to Lyon meant Arsenal were always going to be in the market for another striker this summer. Even with Eddie Nketiah agreeing to a new five-year deal, the club couldn’t afford to start the new season with just one outright striker on the books, particularly with European football back on the agenda in the Emirates. A striker of the caliber of Gabriel Jesús is exactly what Mikel Arteta’s team needs. He wasn’t a regular starter under Pep Guardiola last season, but Jesus scored eight goals and provided eight assists – no Manchester City player has scored more goals in the Premier League.
Arsenal were linked with poachers like Victor Osimhen and Gianluca Scamacca, but Jesus’ move shows that Arteta wanted a striker who could relate well to his teammates and create chances for other players. Considering that three of Arsenal’s top four scorers last season were Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli – three strikers who cut inside from the flanks and filled the space left by a striker – it’s clear that Arteta wants to continue. with a similar plan of attack. next season.
The positive here is that Jesus is an immediate update of Lacazette. He will start at No. 9 in Arteta’s preferred 4-2-3-1 setup, but he also has experience playing on the wing for City. The 25-year-old should excel in Arsenal’s fluid and vibrant attack. After the disappointment of missing out on a top-four finish, none other than Tottenham, Arsenal will want to make amends next campaign. With Jesús at the helm, they should take a big step forward in their bid to return to the Champions League.
First Barcelona were leading the race, then Arsenal were the rumored leaders, but now Chelsea have agreed a fee with Leeds for the Raphinha. The player can still choose to move to Barcelona, but Chelsea are favorites to sign him. By avoiding relegation, Leeds were able to collect a hefty fee for the Brazilian winger, who was directly involved in 14 of his 42 league goals (33%) last season.
Chelsea lacked consistency across the wide wing last season and will be hoping Raphinha will rectify these problems on the right flank. His willingness to cut the box from the right wing (Raphinha scored all 11 of his league goals last season with the wand on his left foot) should benefit right-back Reece James when he steps up.
The Brazilian international would let Thomas Tuchel be more flexible with his tactics. Tuchel has favored a three-man backline at Chelsea, but the departures of Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen leave the team without central defense options. If Tuchel changed the systems to a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3, Raphinha would help him readjust. Tuchel’s best option on the right flank last season was Hakim Ziyech, but Raphinha is a more natural fit for the role.
On top of that, Raphinha is a hard worker without the ball. Therefore, if the time comes, she could operate effectively as an auxiliary full-back if Tuchel needed an additional attacking option from deep. Raphinha had an excellent performance for Leeds last season, earning a call-up to the Brazil national team and scoring her first goals for her country. She has earned a pass to a team that plays European football.