Manchester United scout eyes £100m target replaced at half-time; Everton gave hope to Richarlison

A Manchester United scout saw one of the club’s top summer transfer targets substituted off at half-time in a 3-0 home defeat and oh my.

That rather sums up the precarious situation at Everton than if the fans can rejoicing in victory over Chelsea, club shirts are rubbing their hands at the prospect of an increase in goalscorer value. Richarlison scored his fourth goal in five games in the 1-0 win; this rich vein of form is welcomed in more than one way at Goodison Park.

There is hope on Merseyside that a bid of £50million or more could now be attracted for the Brazilian. Football Insider quotes only a ‘recruiting source’ saying the club will ‘accept’ such an offer and are ‘increasingly confident’ it will come.

Richarlison ‘has made up his mind’ to leave and Everton could therefore be seen as just prepare for the inevitable, especially with their financial difficulties. It’s not expressly stated who will throw £50m at Frank Lampard’s feet, but Richarlison will have his suitors.

Manchester United may be able to rotate one of their senior scouts in Brighton thrashing wolves as a positive, although Ruben Neves is ostensibly the player being watched. The Portuguese returned from a knee injury for his first golden game since losing to Leeds six weeks ago but was substituted at half-time in the 3-0 loss.

This may lower its valuation. Bruno Lage has mentioned a £100million price tag for the midfielder a few times over the past few weeks, but the Birmingham Mail suggests something a little more reasonable.

While wolves are unlikely to demand a nine figure sumthey will ‘expect a significant increase’ in the £41million received from Liverpool for Diogo Jota in the summer of 2020. This comes on the ‘growing belief’ that after five years at Molineux, Neves could move on to new ones pastures.

Neves will have a few more years left on his contract by the end of the season. This makes him a much easier target to procure than Lautaro Martinez, who extended his contract with Inter until 2026 in October.

Yet Manchester United have not been put off and, according to Italian journalist Marco Barzaghi, are trying to kill two birds with one stone.

In addition to bringing a new and excellent striker, Manchester United tried to offload Anthony Martial in a partial exchange, Barzaghi told his YouTube channel. “There is talk of Manchester United making an offer of €50m plus Martial for Lautaro Martinez,” he said. But ‘Inter aren’t interested in it because they only want the money’ which would help them in their pursuit of Paulo Dybala.

It comes after recent claims that Martial could be in line for the remainder of his contract at Old Trafford to be paid off, easing the process of his extended departure. A payout of £12million should do that. Ouch.

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