In the past couple of days, we’ve covered stories from Brazil which brought two interesting transfer claims about Everton. First, it was said Liverpool are interested in signing Richarlison. Then, it was claimed the Toffees are in talks to get David Neres from Ajax.
What linked both stories is the good relationship the Goodison Park side has with agent Giuliano Bertolucci, who handles deals for Richarlison, Bernard and David Neres.
Some Everton fans may have noticed that according to Transfermarkt, Richarlison is actually managed by ‘Velasco Sport Group’, which is not Bertolucci’s company.
We can explain.
Renato Velasco has been Richarlison’s agent for a long time now. He’s the agent who gets all the credit for finding out the youngster’s talents and taking care of his career.
However, in the time of moving to a big European club, it’s better to get a big representative involved. That’s when Bertolucci and Kia Joorabchian came in.
Although the stories claimed that Bertolucci is running the show, Velasco is living in England and has a close relationship with Richarlison. You can see all that on his Instagram.
What you can also see on his Instagram is his photograph with Jurgen Klopp. That explains a lot of what is being said in the past few days about Liverpool, especially because it doesn’t seem like they’ve just bumped into each other on the street or at a football ground.
The photograph was taken on March 4th, the day after the Merseyside derby, which very much fits in with the claim of a recent meeting.
There’s no proof of Liverpool wanting Richarlison, so whilst the meeting appears to have actually happened, the reason for it can’t be nailed down.
Now we have an update:
— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) April 5, 2019