A report from Brazilian outlet Globoesporte this evening has confirmed that Watford star Richarlison’s move to Everton has been finalised.

Prodigious starlet

Richarlison, a Brazilian U20 international, made the surprise move to Vicarage Road last summer from Fluminense, having been tracked by a number of Europe’s biggest clubs.

All of Manchester United, Chelsea and Barcelona were linked with moves for the winger/forward, who subsequently went on to enjoy a hugely impressive start to life in the Premier League.

Despite his tender years and lack of European experience, Richarlison took to English football like a duck to water, racking up 5 goals and 3 assists in his first 14 Premier League outings.

Disapproval

However, the second-half of the campaign proved a far more challenging experience for the South American, with Watford’s dip in form having seen Richarlison’s goalscoring exploits completely dry up.

WATFORD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 14: Richarlison de Andrade of Watford reacts during the Premier League match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road on October 14, 2017 in Watford, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

The struggles endured by the Hornets also resulted in the sacking of manager Marco Silva back in January, a move which did not sit well with several members of the club’s squad.

Richarlison was one to take to social media to showcase his anger at the decision, posting the following on Twitter in the immediate aftermath of the announcement:

Done deal

Richarlison’s reaction to Silva’s dismissal saw speculation surrounding the Brazilian’s future at Vicarage Road immediately reignite, with Arsenal and Chelsea previously the sides most-heavily touted as potential destinations.

However, as has been heavily covered in the media over the last couple of days, a new clear front-runner, in the form of Everton, have since emerged for Richarlison.

A big-money deal between the Toffees and Watford has been labelled as imminent by multiple outlets over the last 24 hours, with a report from generally-reliable Brazilian publication Globoesporte a short time ago having confirmed that a deal has indeed been struck.

Everton will splash out a fee of £45 million for the South American, who is set for a reunion with Marca Silva at Goodison Park.

Richarlison will undergo his medicals on Merseyside tomorrow, after which, all going according to plan, the talented attacker will put pen to paper on a long-term deal with the Toffees.

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