The news comes as a surprise, and a great one for Watford fans, who look set to enjoy a very promising striker/left winger playing for their team.
He will play for Watford in England and not for Fluminense anymore. His departure is official and definitive
Pedro Abad, Fluminense’s president told reporters taking about Richarlison, the 20-year-old who spent the last year and a half at the Rio de Janeiro club.
Not having secured a work permit yet, Watford have so far avoided announcing his signing, but they have agreed terms with the Brazilian club, and are working on solving his… bureaucratic problem.
Chelsea, and most of all Ajax had shown interest in the Brazilian, and especially the Dutch club made two bids for him, the last one worth €12m, while Watford, according to reports, proved willing to spend €15.5m to sign him.
Marc Overmars, Ajax’s director of football, talked about Richarlison, explaining why the club didn’t go all the way in his case.
It’s a tough market because many players are in the hands of big investors. Brazil is the hardest because they change the rules of the game every day. We’re just working differently. In South America it’s quite normal for clubs to hold twenty to thirty percent of a player’s rights. Ajax does not want to cooperate, that’s bad for us
Overmars said. According to reports, Watford not only paid more for the young Brazilian, but also accepted to give Fluminense a 10% cut when, sooner or later, Richarlison gets transferred to – most probably – an even bigger club.