Everton forward Richarlison has claimed that he received offers from both Manchester United and Barcelona during the January transfer window.
The Red Devils were after a striker, and they eventually secured Odion Ighalo on loan just before the transfer deadline. However, Richarlison said that the Toffees turned down bids for him:
“There were lots of offers during the season, from Barcelona, from Manchester (United). But the club opted to keep me in the group and I didn’t want to leave in the middle of the season. It’s bad to leave team-mates like this.”
Fans on Twitter had a mixed reaction to Richarlison’s comments, with some believing United should have done more to sign the Brazilian, while others were not so sure:
Should have signed him ffsss
— Hugo 🔰🏴 (@HugoLUHM) June 21, 2020
I’d take him at United class player
— Harrison Rogers (@Harrisonn74) June 21, 2020
This guy would solve two problems at United.
The right wing and the center forward positions. He’s fast, strong and has an eye for Goals
— Alex Chigoziri Edward (@Dannydre50) June 21, 2020
Only half decent sancho backup
— 🇾🇪 (@LittleG_701) June 21, 2020
Would take him
— ko🇳🇬 (@NoT_Daniel21) June 21, 2020
Using us for contract
— 🦍Eletu ABberry ● (@AbiolaBerry) June 21, 2020
Fantastic player and should be signed if we fail to get Jadon
— Luke M 👊🏼🔴 (@MarchandFtc) June 21, 2020
Sign him already
— Ozie (@ozietrap) June 21, 2020
Both them clubs have zero interest in him. Fake news
— Greg (@MUFCWXM) June 21, 2020
Whether United will consider going back in for him this summer, we shall have to wait and see. The 23-year-old is well capable of playing from the right-wing, and he would certainly be an interesting alternative for Jadon Sancho if the Red Devils are priced out of a move for the Borussia Dortmund player.
Richarlison has scored 12 goals and provided four assists in 33 appearances for Everton this campaign, and his profile would certainly fit with what manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be looking for in a forward.