The news of the fee immediately caught the eye of Crystal Palace supporters, who have been embroiled in a high-stakes transfer saga of their own with Everton.
The Toffees have been a club consistently linked with Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, leading Eagles supporters to scoff at the price attached to Richarlison.
For many Palace fans, the 21-year-old Brazilian is being overpriced, leading them to value Zaha much higher than the £70 million asking price the south London club had established.
A comparison of the two wingers proves that it is a valid point, as Richarlison has just one year’s experience in the Premier League and is enduring a run of poor form, with his last goal coming in November and his last assist coming in December.
Zaha, on the other hand, is a seasoned Premier League performed and enjoyed a stellar 2017/18 season with nine goals and five assists, despite missing nine matches through injury.
Popular Palace fansite HLTCO seized on this disparity, offering a revised transfer fee for Zaha in light of the Richarlison deal.
If he’s worth that, I want £267 million for Wilf. https://t.co/chyWIGuBXh
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) July 20, 2018
Richarlison’s meagre goal-scoring tally was also brought up when marvelling at his transfer fee.
Hes scored only 2 more goals than benteke in 7 more games! I'd want about £500m for wilf ??
— Steve (@steve353) July 21, 2018
Another Eagles supporter offered up perhaps a more reasonable price for the club’s prized Ivory Coast international.
Hahaha. Seriously! No less than £90 million for real though.
— Devin (@mendy_9) July 20, 2018
The confusion over the inflated price was best summed up by a quick recap of Richarlison’s transfer history.
Watford paid £11M for Richarlison a year ago – he scored 5 goals last season … and is now off to Goodison for £50M. pic.twitter.com/Ggxv6r7JbO
— BeCo (@BeCo74) July 21, 2018