Manchester United are yet to appoint their new manager to take over from Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford, although it seems that the lack of clarity on the managerial situation has not deterred the club from making moves for prospective new signings this summer.
According to Sport Witness, the Red Devils are one of two clubs to have approached Everton with interest in signing star forward Richarlison this summer.
The report suggests that United have shown interest in the Brazilian’s situation at Goodison Park ahead of the upcoming transfer window, but the club are still mapping out their plans before engaging in negotiations.
With Marcus Rashford currently holding a Transfermarkt value of £63m despite his struggles this season, and amid reports of his rumoured desire to leave his boyhood club this summer due to a lack of game-time, it could be the perfect opportunity for United to upgrade by signing Richarlison, who was dubbed “cold” by his former Toffees manager Carlo Ancelotti over his finishing instincts.
Everton are currently in a vulnerable position, with their Premier League status under threat as they endure a relegation battle in their remaining games of the season. If they were to drop into the Championship next season, it could be an ideal chance for the Red Devils to snap up the 24-year-old at a lower price.
Richarlison has scored 49 goals and bagged 13 assists in his time at the Merseyside club, with a goal involvement every 2.3 games. When you compare the Toffees forward to his United counterpart Rashford this season, there is no doubt that the Brazilian would improve the forward line at Old Trafford.
According to Soccerment, the £110k-p/w attacker – who was hailed as a “warrior” by team-mate Seamus Coleman – has scored more goals, contributed more assists, been more successful in his dribbles (54%) and completed more crosses (19%) on average this season compared to the United star.
Ultimately, the Red Devils need to make a decision on their managerial appointment before they commit to making new signings this summer, but the prospective capture of Richarlison could make a huge difference to the front three at Old Trafford if they were to part ways with academy graduate Rashford.