Football Whispers run down everything you need to know about the sought-after Brazilian ahead of his potential move
CHELSEA are reportedly leading the race to sign one of the latest prospects coming out of Brazil.
Tracked by Ajax, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Manchester United, Fluminense forward Richarlison is one the hottest properties in South America at the moment and could be heading for Stamford Bridge.
Far from a household name outside of his native Brazil, Football Whispers have studied Richarlison to see what Chelsea fans can expect if their club sign the promising youngster.
Who is Richarlison and where does he come from?
BORN in Nova Venecia, Brazil, Richarlison joined local side Real Noroeste in his teens before being snapped up by second-tier club America Mineiro.
The young attacker made his debut for the America first-team shortly after his 17th birthday after impressing coach Givanildo Oliveira with his performances in the youth ranks.
Twenty-four Brazilian Serie B appearances yielded nine goals for the versatile attacker, who quickly found himself on the radar of top-flight teams in the country.
Fluminense came knocking in December 2015, signing Richarlison in a deal worth £2million.
He has since turned out 37 times in the Brazilian Serie A, scoring on six occasions. In 60 games for the Tricolor he has bagged 15 goals.
With the Brazilian season running from May until December, the 2017 campaign has been a particularly impressive one so far for the 20-year-old, who has struck seven times and registered three assists in 17 games.
Richarlison is also making a name for himself on the international scene.
The Brazil Under-20 star has netted three goals in ten appearances for the Selecao youth side and was one of his team’s standout performers at the Under-20 South American Championship earlier this year.
He featured in eight of his nation’s nine matches.
Stylistically, though still raw, Richarlison has plenty of attributes that would serve him well were he to move to the Premier League.
At 5ft 11ins he is tall and strong and able to hold off challenges as he breaks forward.
He is also a gifted dribbler, capable of beating several opponents in a single move, while also having a remarkable knack for turning away from an opponent, using his body to shield the ball.
He often uses this technique when in sight of goal, ending the move with a powerful shot.
Richarlison is a versatile threat in attack, capable of playing on either wing or centrally as a striker.
The majority of his appearances this season have come on the left wing, where his pace and power make him a threat to opposing defences.
As with many young attackers, the Brazilian’s decision making is flawed and will need to be improved before he is able to become a top-level player.
But this is something that will be easily corrected with experience and good coaching.
How much will cost?
RICHARLISON is currently valued at around £12million.
Young players coming across to Europe always represent somewhat of a risk.
But, at that price, he has the potential to be a real bargain and will retain plenty of resale value due to his age.
What is his most likely destination?
THE young attacker is believed to be on the radar of several top European clubs, with Inter Milan, AC Milan and Sampdoria all monitoring his progress in Italy.
Meanwhile he is also said to be a Manchester United transfer target.
Ajax were supposedly leading the race to sign Richarlison, however, it now seems Chelsea have stolen a march on last season’s Europa League finalists and his destination may be Stamford Bridge.
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