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Chelsea’s daring attempt to hijack £60m Tottenham signing revealed

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Despite a bit of late competition from their London rivals, Tottenham are on the verge of signing Richarlison.

Chelsea attempted to hijack Tottenham’s deal for Everton forward Richarlison.

That’s according to Fabrizio Romano. The Italian journalist claims Chelsea tried to nick Richarlison from under Spurs’ radar, before the London club agreed on a £60 million (€70m) transfer fee with Everton.

Any chance the Blues had of signing the Brazil international, however, appears to be over.

Tottenham have had a deal in place for Richarlison since Thursday morning. Antonio Conte’s side will pay Everton an initial £50 million (€58m), plus a potential £10 million (€12m) in add-ons. This would bring the final fee to around £60 million (€70m). They have also agreed on personal terms with the player.

Richarlison is expected to undergo a medical in Brazil soon before completing his move to north London.

Who else have Spurs signed?

The Lilywhites have already signed goalkeeper Fraser Forster, midfielder Yves Bissouma, and forward Ivan Perisic.

If all goes to plan, Richarlison will become the club’s fourth signing of the summer transfer window.

The attacker has five years of Premier League experience under his belt. In 173 appearances for Watford and Everton in the English top-flight, he has supplied 48 goals and 18 assists.

But now Richarlison wants to play in Europe and Tottenham, who will be in the Champions League next season, can offer him the platform to do just that.