Arsenal have reportedly registered their interest in Everton forward Richarlison, viewed as a potential replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
According to Fichajes, Arsenal have set their sights on Richarlison. The Everton forward is highly rated by manager Mikel Arteta, who is already scouring the market for a new striker that can potentially replace the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang next season.
Richarlison fits the bill well, having enjoyed stellar success since arriving in the Premier League back in 2017. The young forward initially made his mark at Watford, where he was involved in ten goals during the 2017/18 campaign before earning a move to Everton in 2018.
Since then, the Brazilian has gone on to become one of the most in-demand forwards in the English top-flight. During his ongoing three and a half year spell at Everton, the attacker has featured in 129 competitive matches, scoring 45 goals while supplying 11 assists.
While his numbers might not seem particularly impressive, what has made Richarlison such an appealing target for Arsenal is the dynamism and aggression he brings to the table. A fearless forward who loves to get into challenges and make life difficult for the opposition, the 24-year-old is a typical Premier League attacker who thrives in fast-paced football.
It has made him a potential long-term replacement for Aubameyang at Arsenal. The Gabonese international has endured a difficult time under Arteta lately. And with just four goals in the league this term, he could be on his way out of the Emirates sooner rather than later. In fact, the former Borussia Dortmund star has already been linked with a move to Barcelona and Real Madrid.
In addition to Aubameyang, Arsenal are also expected to lose Alexandre Lacazette. The Frenchman’s current contract at the Emirates expires at the end of the season, and the forward has been courted by Juventus, among many other top clubs across Europe.
Their potential departures could pave the way for Arsenal to fund a move for a top target like Richarlison next season, as Arteta looks ahead to a potential overhaul in the goalscoring department.
The Brazilian international might not be the most productive attacker in Europe, but his presence upfront, coupled with the creativity of players like Bukayo Saka, Matteo Odegaard, and Emile Smith Rowe, could certainly add a lease of life to the Arsenal frontline next season.
However, the Gunners are set to face stiff competition from Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid in the pursuit of Richarlison next summer. Los Blancos, in particular, will be keen on attaining the services of the Everton forward, who worked under Carlo Ancelotti last season, so it will be interesting to see what the future holds for this talented star next season.