In Focus: Tottenham target Richarlison likely to snub China move

According to reports in the Watford Observer, Tottenham Hotspur could face competition from a number of Chinese Super League clubs in the race to sign highly-rated Watford winger Richarlison.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Spurs were heavily linked with the 20-year-old by The Mirror earlier this month after he made an outstanding start to his Premier League career with the Hornets this term, but the Watford Observer says a big-money offer from China could be in the offing.

The Watford Observer says that several unnamed clubs from the Far East have contacted Watford owner Gino Pozzo about the Brazilian forward, although the Italian is desperate to keep hold of his prized asset who only signed a five-year deal when he joined from Fluminense during the summer transfer window.

Why do Tottenham want him?

It can take some players a while to adapt to life in the Premier League when they first come to England, but that hasn’t proven to be the case for Richarlison.

The wide man has scored five goals – including one in the 2-0 win against West Ham United at Vicarage Road on Sunday – and provided a further three assists in 12 top flight appearances this season.

The tally of the former should perhaps be even higher considering the Brazilian missed some clear-cut chances in the defeat to Chelsea last month, but the huge potential he has shown mean that a number of top clubs will be watching his progress closely.

Would he be a good signing for Tottenham?

He certainly would be.

The youngster would add a new dimension to Spurs’ attack with his pace, direct running and strength in the air, but the fact that he plays on the left wing would perhaps be a small concern considering Mauricio Pochettino has preferred to play with wing-backs and more central attacking midfielders this term.

Could he really go to China?

It really depends on the player, but considering he is 20 years of age and has already made an impression in the Premier League, you would expect him to join a bigger club in England while he can rather than going to China at such an early stage in his young career.