Monday 20 May 2019

Everton complete signing of Richarlison for £40million

Richarlison has become Everton’s first summer signing (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Richarlison has become Everton’s first summer signing (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Everton have announced the signing of Richarlison from Watford on a five-year deal.

The 21-year-old Brazilian has joined the Toffees for a fee of £40million, Press Association Sport understands.

Richarlison becomes Everton's first signing of the summer and reunites with manager Marco Silva, under whom he worked at Watford last season.

The Brazilian forward told evertontv: "I want to have a lot of success with Everton.

"I think it is going to be important for me here to be with Marco Silva again. I will learn more because I am still learning as a player and I aim to develop and grow here.

"Everton have put their faith in me and I intend to honour this shirt and demonstrate on the pitch why I came here.

"I've known the manager for a while, obviously, so I know how he works.

"I developed really well with him while he was with me at Watford. It was really good working with him and one day I believe he can help me to be selected for Brazil in the full national team.

"But that is for the future and my present is here with Everton. I want my dreams to become a reality here at one of the biggest clubs in England."

Richarlison scored five times in his opening 12 Premier League matches last term but did not find the net again in a season that saw Watford sack Silva in January.

At the time the Hornets cited the destabilising effect of an approach by Everton, who originally wanted the Portuguese to replace Ronald Koeman.

The two clubs' relationship has still not been fully restored but the fact they were willing to do business over Richarlison - on whom Watford are making almost a £30million profit in 12 months after buying him from Fluminense last summer - suggests things have improved.

Richarlison, who also produced four assists in the league last term, added: "I want to score more goals, provide more assists for my team-mates and help in whichever way is possible.

"Everyone in the world knows Everton. It is a very big club, one of the biggest in England as I said. I am really happy and honoured to be here."

Silva said: "He is one more player who can help us.

"He is a good player who will make our team and our squad more competitive.

"The competition between our players is really important to me. This is what will make us better as a club, always that competition within the squad.

"The player himself is fast, strong, very good technically and he can play in three positions across the front line. He can also score goals.

"Evertonians will see a player who will be 100 per cent committed to helping our team always."

With recruitment finally under way, Silva - appointed by Everton on May 31, replacing Koeman's successor Sam Allardyce - has to start trimming down a bloated squad.

So far only striker Wayne Rooney and reserve goalkeeper Joel Robles have departed permanently but with Silva keen to bring in more players, with an interest in Barcelona left-back Lucas Digne, more of the squad will have to be culled.

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