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Arsenal hero Jack Wilshere delivers his verdict on Tottenham signing Richarlison


Richarlison is on his way from Everton to Tottenham (Picture: Getty Images)

Jack Wilshere reckons Richarlison ‘could be really, really good’ but the soon-to-be Tottenham player would not get in the Arsenal starting XI.

Spurs have agreed a £60m package with Everton for the Brazilian forward and a deal is on the verge of taking him to north London.

It is something of a coup for Antonio Conte’s side, with Richarlison linked with the likes of Barcelona and Chelsea, while Manchester United have also been interested in the past.

The 25-year-old has scored 14 goals in 36 caps for Brazil and wanted by a host of top clubs, but Wilshere is yet to be fully convinced by him.

The former Gunners midfielder believes he could go on to great things at Tottenham under Conte, but right now Richarlison would not be starting under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.

‘I think he improves the [Tottenham] squad, definitely. He gives them something different,’ Wilshere told talkSPORT.

‘I wouldn’t say I’m gutted [as an Arsenal fan]. He’s 25, so he’s not young. There comes a point where he’s going to have to turn all that potential into something. To be fair if anyone can do it it’s probably Antonio Conte.

‘So I wouldn’t say I was devastated as an Arsenal fan but I think he will be one to watch, he could be really, really good.

‘Yeah [I’d have him at Arsenal]. I don’t think he gets in the XI. He definitely would challenge for it and would be a good part of the squad. But I don’t think he gets in the XI.’

Richarlison gets in the Brazil team, but wouldn’t play for Arsenal, says Wilshere (Picture: Getty Images)

The Richarlison deal is set to be a £50m initial fee with £10m in add-ons, with the Brazilian set for a medical with the club on Thursday.

It has already been a busy summer in the transfer market as Spurs prepare to return to the Champions League.

Yves Bissouma has arrived from Brighton for £25m while Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster have been snapped up on free transfers.

Clement Lenglet form Barcelona and Djed Spence from Middlesbrough are also both expected to bolster the Spurs squad this summer as Conte looks to challenge for the title and in Europe.


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