Tottenham star Richarlison fires blunt one-word response to Alexander Isak transfer claims

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Richarlison has rubbished rumours that he was part of a player-plus-cash deal in order to sign Newcastle United frontman Alexander Isak this summer.

Manager Ange Postecoglou has already told in the past about the club's need to find new central attacking options for the 2024/25 campaign, with names on their shortlist including Lille striker Jonathan David, who is also on the radar of a number of Premier League clubs alongside Crystal Palace star Eberechi Eze and Aston Villa's Jacob Ramsey.

But while the Australian makes plans for arrivals this summer, departures are another piece of the puzzle that he must solve. Questions have surrounded the future of Richarlison, with the Brazilian international having been rumoured to make a move to the Saudi Pro League.

Having arrived in North London almost two years ago to the tune of £60m, his 12 goals in 31 matches for Spurs last season impressed amid an unfortunate streak of injuries which hampered his involvement for much of the campaign.

His injury record while at the club is understood by to be one of the reasons why the club will be listening to any serious offers for the star this summer, so when it was claimed by Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio earlier this week that the club had offered the star plus a 'balancing payment' of cash, many weren't surprised.

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Isak's 25-goal campaign last year has made him a target for seemingly every major club across the continent, including Spurs' rivals Chelsea and Arsenal with Newcastle apparently valuing the star at £180m - a number if reached would make him the second most expensive player of all time.

However, what supporters may not have been expecting was Richarlison to outright deny the rumour on social media having taken to Instagram in order to set the record straight.

The account @the_spurs_news posted the rumour from Di Marzio, to which Richarlison simply commented 'Fake', effectively killing off the rumour almost immediately. Supporters were delighted with the star's quick response, with many commenting underneath his reply calling for him to stay at the club through the summer.