Everton seal Richarlison deal

Marco Silva has made his first major statement as Everton manager, luring Brazilian winger Richarlison away from Watford.

Richarlison during his time at Watford.   -  Getty Images

Winger Richarlison has been reunited with former manager Marco Silva at Everton after completing a move from Premier League rivals Watford.

The 21-year-old arrives at Goodison Park for an undisclosed fee, although it is believed to be close to the club-record £45million they splashed on Gylfi Sigurdsson last season.

Richarlison has signed a five-year deal and becomes Silva's first signing since his appointment at the end of May.

The former Fluminense player enjoyed a fine start to life in the Premier League last term as he netted five goals by mid-November under the guidance of the then-Hornets boss.

But as Watford's form faded with Silva being linked with Everton, the Brazilian's form dipped and he failed to add to his tally.

Richarlison said he was looking forward to linking up with Silva in a bid to recapture his sparkling best.

"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," he said.

"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."

Silva expects the forward to provide competition for places as he attempts to improve upon the eighth-placed finish achieved by Sam Allardyce last season.

"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," the Portuguese said.

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

​Richarlison made 41 competitive appearances in total for Watford.

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