Over the weekend the news of a potential £50million deal for Watford’s Richarlison broke and caused quite a stir.
It was initially believed that with tempers still high following our chase of Marco Silva whilst he was in post at Watford, the chances of him returning for any of his former players would be incredibly slim.
Not so, if the rumour mill is to be believed.
The Daily Mail were one of many to jump on the speculation quickly and if the price quoted is true no wonder the Vicarage Road outfit are happy do business for the attacker.
They reported that talks over the 21-year-old stepped up a gear on Thursday and with Watford initially paying a reported £11.5million for his capture, we are now prepared to offer them a deal in the region of £50million.
That’s one hell of a mark up for a player who has clear talent but also has clear consistency issues. Since moving to England in August 2017, he notched up 32 Premier League starts, with two more in Cup competitions. Substitute showings add a further seven appearances and he has returned five goals. His last goal came in mid-November though so once the ‘unknown quantity’ tag was removed, teams dealt with him far better.
Boosting the speculation is that he was left out of their friendly this weekend against Fortuna Dusseldorf with it claimed that terms were being finalised ahead of the move.
Given the kid’s talent, it’s certainly a statement signing – especially if the overall deal is worth £50million but it’s also a hell of a huge gamble on someone who could be nothing more than a one season wonder. Okay, Silva knows him well, he was signed originally under Silva’s time as gaffer so if this comes off he’s confident he can do the job and we have to trust in that, but given the players Everton have been linked with so far, well I let out a big gulp when I read it.