Dion Dublin does not believe that Richarlison is worth £85m despite Everton rejecting a bid from Barcelona for the forward, per BBC Radio Five Live.
Sky Sports News reported on Wednesday that the Catalan giants had submitted a massive offer for the Brazil international, which was almost instantly rejected.
But Dublin, who played for the likes of Manchester United, Aston Villa, and Leicester City during a storied career, has been baffled by the offer, insisting that he is simply not worth it.
Asked about the bid, Dublin chuckled and was asked why he reacted in such a way.
He said: “Because he’s not worth €100m. I don’t see him as a prolific goalscorer at all.
“I do believe he’s got everything that you would need to hit any league by storm with goals, I think he’s got good movement, spends too long on the ground for me, he’s not strong enough with his back to goal but I understand that’s not his game.
“For me, in today’s market, he’s possibly worth 50 or something stupid – I’m not throwing figures out there willy nilly, it’s a lot of money – but I’d say 50 maybe 60 but 85…”
The selling club only ever indicates the value of a player.
In this case, there are two days remaining of the transfer window and the sale of Richarlison, had it happened, would have left the Toffees scrambling to find a replacement at the eleventh hour.
The likelihood is that they would have had to overpay to bring them in, too, so a valuation of over £80m doesn’t seem too egregious when one considers the manner in which the Toffees would have had to do their business thereafter.
Perhaps in the summer, the price will drop to Dublin’s suggestion of around £60m but that is because they will have time to source a proper replacement and do their due diligence.
At this point, though, with the timing of the bid, Everton’s valuation makes all the sense in the world.