Tottenham targeting Everton winger Anthony Gordon in double swoop with Brazilian forward Richarlison… as Antonio Conte looks to bolster his attacking options ahead of their return to the Champions League
- Tottenham are keen on a move for Everton academy graduate Anthony Gordon
- Antonio Conte’s side already held interest in signing Brazil forward Richarlison
- There have been reports that the Toffees need to balance the books by June 30
- Tottenham are looking to bolster their options for the Champions League
It has now emerged that Spurs are also interested in the Toffees’ 21-year-old academy graduate Gordon.
Tottenham are interested in making a move for Everton’s academy graduate Anthony Gordon
Antonio Conte is looking to bolster his attacking options before the end of the summer window
Though Everton would be reluctant to lose Gordon, his sale would represent greater profit margin on their books for Financial Fair Play – due to him being an academy graduate.
Gordon became a regular at Goodison Park last season, making 40 appearances in all competitions.
He was one of their best performers during a frustrating campaign as they narrowly avoided relegation to the Championship.
The Athletic reported on Saturday that Everton must balance their books by June 30 to come in line with FFP.
Despite avoiding relegation last season, Everton’s financial situation is said to remain precarious and the club might have to raise capital through player sales.
Everton want more than £50million from Tottenham to sign Brazilian forward Richarlison
Owner Farhad Moshiri’s time at Everton has been characterised by heavy, and often reckless, spending.
In the last three years, Everton have lost an astonishing £372m but, owing to Covid, were adjudged to have just fallen below the Premier League’s £105m loss limit.
Owing to their financial difficulties, it had already been suggested that Richarlison could leave the club amid the interest from Chelsea and Spurs.
The Brazilian is one of the club’s most valuable assets and is believed to want to leave this summer in search of pastures new.
Tottenham have proposed players such Harry Winks and Lucas Moura as part of any deal knowing Everton need to sell to meet financial guidelines and ideally before June 30.
Both Richarlison and Gordon played pivotal parts in keeping Everton in the Premier League
Chelsea also hold an interest in Richarlison but are pursuing Raheem Sterling and have discussed alternatives including Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele and Arsenal target Raphinha.
The FFP deadline, in addition to the club’s need to bring money in, means that incomings cannot be expected until there are players who have departed the club.
Everton’s financial situation is such that Burnley and Leeds, the Merseyside club’s relegation rivals for much of the past season, deemed it necessary to suggest that they might threaten the Toffees with legal action.
Chelsea are looking to rebuild their squad under new owners, led by Todd Boehly, as they seek to aid Thomas Tuchel this summer.
Spurs, who were boosted early in the window by Antonio Conte committing to stay with the club, are looking to bolster their forward line having qualified for the Champions League on the final day of the season.