Richarlison joins Everton as summer's first signing

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Richarlison's transfer from Watford to Everton in a deal worth a reported £40m has been confirmed.

The Brazilian forward underwent a successful medical yesterday and agreed the finer details on a five-year contract this morning. He will wear the No.30 jersey worn by Mason Holgate last season.

The move represents a reunion with new Toffees boss, Marco Silva, who signed Richarilson from Fluminese for a little over £11m, persuading him to join the Hornets rather than Ajax last year.

The then 20-year-old had starred for his country at the U20 World Cup and he demonstrated his star quality with five goals in his first 12 games for Watford as they ascended to the top six early last season.

The Hertfordshire club's form nose-dived after November, however, mirrored by Richarlison's personal performances and he failed to score a goal after the 19th of that month.

By mid-January, the decision was taken to relieve Silva of his duties, with the Watford hierarchy citing Everton's attempts to lure their manager away in the wake of their sacking of Ronald Koeman as having been critically destabilising.

The Portuguese has a shot at redemption now with the Toffees while Richarlison arrives with a big price tag around his neck but with enormous potential.

He began his career in his native Brazil with América Mineiro from Belo Horizonte where he scored nine times in 24 games in 2015-16. He was acquired by Fluminese for the following season and struck another nine goals in 42 appearances before Watford came calling.

“I want to have a lot of success with Everton," he told after his arrival was announced. "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.”


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Robert Leigh
1 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:21:54
Let's go, kiddo – hopefully he thrives and drives Lookman on with Walcott showing the way.
Paul Rimmer
2 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:26:16
Sure he'll get the fans off their seats and improve the atmosphere too. Can't beat a bit of skill and a goal threat!
Jamie Crowley
3 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:27:09
Welcome Richarlison! Run at 'em and scare the bajeezuz out of 'em!
Darren Murphy
4 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:27:12
GET IN MY SON!!! Welcome lad. Much needed attack.
Colin Glassar
5 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:28:03
Welcome aboard lad. Don’t know what the Portuguese equivalent is.
Sam Hoare
6 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:29:01
Fee aside he’s exactly the sort of player we should target; young, skilfull and hungry. He’s proved himself to a degree and we can only hope that he improved with age and a manager he trusts:
Darren Murphy
7 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:29:07
Bem-vindo a bordo do rapaz... that's it, Col.
Steavey Buckley
8 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:29:32
Now Everton need a left-back other than Baines, a left-footed centre-half; a midfield player who can score goals and pass the ball forward, and a big strong centre-forward who can also score goals.
Colin Glassar
9 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:29:40
You never fail to amaze me Darren.
Tony Page
10 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:29:48
Knives already out on this one. Ex red shite Collymore says us paying £50 million is obscene! Okay for them to pay over the odds though!
Danny Halsall
11 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:29:48
Welcome Richarlison! Is he only the 2nd Brazilian to play for us? Can only think of him and Jo? Anyway, looks a great prospect, hopefully he can show the form from the first few months of last season!
Ian Linn
12 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:30:41
I remember how much pain he caused us when we played Watford, let’s hope he can do that to some other teams this season
Darren Murphy
13 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:30:59
Just don't do a Delboy hahaa.
Lee Paige
14 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:31:20
Overpriced yeah, but he will soon shut the kopites up.
Darren Murphy
15 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:31:51
Hahaha, Col, the missus says the same, man! ;)
Lev Vellene
16 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:32:55
If he had played as many games (70, or was that including the Watford games?) without a rest before fading for Watford, then I can only view this as a positive thing for us!

He works hard all the time, so I think we'll like him a lot if he works as the packaging says!

Lee Paige
17 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:33:41
Rodrigo as well Danny.
James Hopper
18 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:34:28
Danny 11: We also had Rodrigo for a while!
Jay Wood

19 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:34:51
I wish him every success and nobody can say with absolute certainty how any new signing will pan out – be that player or manager – but I retain considerable disquiet about this signing, both in relation to his ability and the fee paid.
Lev Vellene
20 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:35:05
Danny (#11)

The sixth or seventh, I think. But the first who might actually be working, we can hope!

Lee Paige
21 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:36:56
Oh and Anderson de Silva?
Anthony Burke
22 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:37:57
I don't really care about the price — welcome aboard... silence all the doubters, please. COYB!!!
Ian Burns
23 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:39:14
Come on, Jay (#19), chin up. You never know, he might be worth a great deal more in a few years – so no worry about the fee. And you never know; he just might have the ability that Silva can bring out.

Now for a centre-back and left-back. I have stated before, I would love to see Mooy in our midfield.

David Chait
24 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:39:20
Welcome to the club, lad! Exactly the type of signing we should be: young, hungry, something to prove, and very high ceiling potentially... fits my Gallactico Youth player now just needs to prove it!
Lev Vellene
25 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:39:42
Hmm, had to check the Echo. Actually the fifth Brazilian.

"Jo, Felipe Mattioni, Anderson Silva and Rodrigo "

Who the heck was Felipe Mattioni?

James Flynn
26 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:40:06

We need the new CB and LB to happen, though.

Geoff Risebrow
27 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:40:26
Welcome to the greatest football club in the world! Delighted it is £40m and not £50m. I really hope he is the real deal. I have only seen YouTube clips and that is no indicator at all. We deserve to see talented players at Goodison after last summer's shambles! I hope he is the first of at least five new players.
Robert Leigh
28 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:41:15
#30 shirt lads – looks like some big squad number changes.

The official app doesn't list numbers for Kenny, Coleman, Holgate (lost to Richie), Bolasie, Vlasic, Niasse or Klassen

Martin Berry
29 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:42:34
Don't suppose he is pally with Douglas Costa by any chance?

I am sure we have a special signing here.

Jay Wood

30 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:49:13
Ian @ 23. I wish no malice on the lad at all. I genuinely want anyone and everyone who signs for Everton to be a success.

But I retain my original disquiet about this signing. Based on what he has shown in his career to date, even in an inflated transfer market, no way should we be paying the numbers quoted for such barely-revealed potential.

Fran Mitchell
31 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:50:25
Bem vindo!

The first of what I expect to be 4 incomings in the next 7-10 days.

From what little I have seen he'll prove to be popular among our fans. Whether he'll step up and prove to be 'worth' the fee remains to be seen. Hopefully he'll become a star.

But now, a key position has been filled, hopefully a more dynamic and less one dimensional attack as a result.

Bora Ricky!

Chad Schofield
32 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:54:47

Amazed at price... but let's hope he hits and continues that early form – it'd be great to have a consistent goal threat of the ilk of Barkley, Bolasie, and Deulofeu.

Tony Twist
33 Posted 24/07/2018 at 20:58:41
Vital that we keep Lookman, not as competition but playing at the same time, in the same team. We need as many fast, tricky, talented footballers in the side as possible and get the best years out of them unlike Rooney. My overriding memory of him at Watford was having Pickford on toast for his goal against us at Goodison.
Michael Lynch
34 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:01:20
BBC report it as an initial £35m with add ons. Though their headline still has the £50m figure – gets people to click on the story, I suppose.

£35m ain't so bad. If he does hit the targets to trigger further payments, then that means he's doing well, and so are we, so nobody will quibble about it.

Exciting signing, hopefully first of a few.

Jamie Evans
35 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:03:21
Welcome, Richie.

Good luck, God bless, and stay fit.

Sam Hoare
36 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:06:31
Jay@30, have to say that I’m rather in your camp. Seems we’re splashing out on the strength of a 10 game run of form. But like you I back him totally. Silva knows him better than any of us, that’s for sure.
Stewart Lowe
37 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:08:31
We don't have to think about the money, and we won't think about the money. Slowly but surely we are addressing the pace of this team. Can understand why they let Rooney go, not only because of his wages, but because he would have slowed the play down. Add Lookman and Walcott to the team and we are looking very dynamic.
Jim Bennings
38 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:10:45
Just need a proven quality left back, a strong athletic centre-half that doesn't turn like a tanker and a striker with physical attributes and an ability to score a consider amount (18-20 would do nicely).
Len Hawkins
39 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:12:45
Collymore has a funny conception of obscene as he admitted he trawled the dogging sites.
Phil Bellis
40 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:13:55
I recall the hoo-ha when we paid a, then, significant fee of £300,000 for an untried youngster with "potential", his signing described at the time as "the worst-kept secret in football"...Trevor McGregor Steven
Steven Astley
41 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:14:48
Just asked the Mrs what she thinks of the latest Everton signing, she said, "He looks like Christopher Maloney off X-Factor!"
Dave Older
42 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:16:06
Excited about this I have to say. He was on fire at the beginning of last season. Let's hope Silva can get the best out of him and he can terrorize defences next season. Welcome Richarlison!!!!
John Boon
43 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:16:24
Forget about the price. He is young, keen and has lots of untapped ability which Silva thinks he can get out of him. We have too many sceptics, which is understandable after last summer's signings.

However we have to try to have faith in our new management team. And I couldn't care less what anybody with red connections thinks about our signings and anything else Everton.

Tim O'Connell
45 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:20:05
Price is irrelevant – what he does is key.

He adds pace and undoubted ability; if he can show consistency, he will be become a legend and to me the journey is going to be exciting. We have to trust Brands and Silva or we have nothing. We now need a centre-back and a left-back at least but we are on our way!

Jack Convery
46 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:21:45
Got everything crossed that this proves a pivotal moment, in a positive way for our beloved blues. If you are getting stick from RS at work or wherever about the amount we have paid for him, please remind them that they are the biggest spenders in the EPL since its inception and how many titles has it got them – the same as us – absolutely none!

[That's me being polite.]

Mark Taylor
47 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:29:49
I'm in Jay's and Sam's camp.

Any idea what wages we've put him on? Hopefully way short of the six-figure mark so he is at least movable if it comes to that.

I hope he works out not just because, however doubtful, I'd always give a new player the benefit of the doubt, but also if we get another Klaassen, Keane etc, we are going to start taking big losses on player trading. While some don't seem to think we should worry about the financial side, fact is we have to be mindful of it.

Julian Exshaw
48 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:32:00
Bem vindo mesmo!
Simon Smith
49 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:33:18
Really excited about this signing. I know it's not very manly, but did anyone see him crying when he was taken off during a game?? At least that shows he has passion and cares (even if it is a bit wet).

With his potential and far better quality; if he has 10% of the heart that our Oumar has, then we will have quite a player on our hands!

Onwards and upwards Blues!!

Barry Lawler
50 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:37:30
How many of us Blues at the end of last season thought, "We need to get Richarlison in here"?

He looks like another Bolasie to me.

Paul Birmingham
51 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:37:36
Best of luck to the lad and a I hope he will feel no burden of the cost. Time to rally and hope the club can also secure the other well documented positions, which I’d say are as equally if not more important. To have any chance this season we need a balanced side..

Onwards and upwards, and hope eternal, for EFC.

Tom Bowers
52 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:41:45
Hope he is ten times more successful than the mast Brazilian to play for the Blues... (Rodrigo?)

God knows we need something better than what we have had for many years and hopefully he is the start of several other impact signings.

Paul Mackay
53 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:45:01
Barry (#50) — you're bang on the money there.
Mark McParlan
54 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:51:05
Signing young players already ready for the first team.

Exactly what this club has been missing for years now.

Andy Crooks
55 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:51:10
Jay, come on, I never had you down as a curmudgeonly bean-counter. We have a new coach, our owner has backed him. We have an exciting young player whose value will grow.

Jay, you live in Brazil and support Everton. How much more blessed do you want to be?

Seriously, though, do you remember the kids programme back in the day, were kids swapped lives with other kids in Europe for a week. Do you fancy a week in Belfast?

Christy Ring
56 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:51:32
Delighted he has signed: young, strong, skillful, tremendous pace, plays on the left... why the gloom?

We won't have to look at Bolasie anymore! Hopefully 3 or 4 more signings to follow.

Phil Bellis
57 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:55:59
Well, Barry, I thought we needed Hazard, Willian and that young French chappie who plays up front.

However, on planet earth...

Andy Crooks
58 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:56:42
Well said, Christy.
Steve Ferns
59 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:56:47
The last Brazilian on our books was not Rodrigo. It was Felipe Mattoni. Sure, we don’t recall him. But we were all saying WTF? When we signed him.

He was that crocked right back Martinez brought in who stayed a year, never got near the first team and quietly left. Very bizarre signing.

Everton sign Felipe Mattoni - ToffeeWeb is confused.

Dan Parker
60 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:58:01
Walcott, Richarlison, and Sigurdsson's second season — some real pace & potency there. Just take the negative price commentary from the press and other fans as the jealousy that it is.
Brent Stephens
61 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:58:21
As he's worked with Silva, he should slot straight in.

Mildly excited.

Mike Gaynes
62 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:58:41
Welcome, young man... make us proud!

Tom (#52), I believe Jo was the last Brazilian to play for us.

Frank Crewe
63 Posted 24/07/2018 at 21:58:55
Juventus just forked out £100 million for 33-year-old Ronaldo. If we did that, posters on here would say it's too much and he's too old.

Every player we buy is immediately pulled to pieces. Too expensive, too cheap, too old, too young, too greedy, too injury-prone, wrong position, not famous enough. The selling club is only [insert name]; He's some rich club's cast-off. Etc etc.

Apparently, for some on here, no player we buy will be good enough for Everton.

Geoff Risebrow
64 Posted 24/07/2018 at 22:00:50
Barry (#50), How many times have you watched Richarlison?
Lev Vellene
65 Posted 24/07/2018 at 22:04:42
What's wrong with enjoying watching Bolasie stopping any attack by putting his foot on one side of the ball, then the other, and then fail to go past any defender? Oh, right, if you're an LFC supporter, you'd love that and can't wait until Everton come across the park...

Any money would be good money, just to get his wages off our back!

He seems like a nice fella, but he doesn't have what Everton need, sorry!

Danny Baily
66 Posted 24/07/2018 at 22:08:01
Now let's get that left-back in. And a centre-back while we're at it!
Phil Bellis
67 Posted 24/07/2018 at 22:11:55
With you, Frank...
Liverpool reserve, all left foot
Lightweight kid from Burnley
Lanky string of piss centre-half from Tranmere
'Arl arse from Bolton with shot knees
Ditto from Wolves
Fuckin Australian from fuckin Millwall
et al...
Ciarán McGlone
69 Posted 24/07/2018 at 22:21:18
I'm less annoyed about this signing than the Sigurdsson one (which still rankles)... It's silly money, but at least this one has a chance of holding or increasing his value – and more importantly, offering something different on the pitch.

I still think our spine is very weak though... centre-half, central midfielder and striker would have been my priorities.

Jay Wood

70 Posted 24/07/2018 at 22:22:17
Andy @ 55.

Feckin' love Belfast Andy. In a previous life I worked with a LOT of lads from the North in Holland. Barking times. Absolutely full on barking. Made a couple of trips with them to your fine city. Probably wouldn't have dared otherwise, given the politics and religion at the time!

Sure you want to trade with me in Brazil? I live in a city far removed from the big metropolises, with a population of 2.5 million: we are in the world Top 10 for (registered) murders - 1700+ each year, about 5 a DAY. Note the 'registered' murders. Lots of rivers and forests to dump a corpse in my 'hood. Just last night on the local news, the death count for policemen in the city is now 34 for the first 6 months of the year.

Then again, on Sunday, I was bathing and canoeing in piranha-infested waters, under the canopy of a far-as-the-eye can see rainforest, eating baked fish wrapped in palm leaves, served with bean rice and acai, guzzling cheap beer in great company. So it's not all bad!

Noted your (and others) lack of concern for the monies being paid on this transfer. I can't agree with the sentiment. Yes, the PL is awash with money at the moment and yes, many clubs are now controlled by billionaires. However, I don't see any evidence that our player dealings are funded directly from Moshiri's pocket.

We the supporters remain long after a manager, players, an owner, a chairman moves on (with seemingly one exception, Bill 'from-my-cold-dead-hand' Kenwright).

Leeds United and now Aston Villa are two examples of how lavish spending married to poor player purchases and exaggerated salaries can cripple and torpedo a club who then spirals down the leagues. We are seeing a little bit of a similar consequence for us in being unable to move on costly failures on high salaries.

We should have learnt more prudence from the ill-conceived fees and salaries we paid last summer.

Richaralison's fee seems hugely inflated to me. I hope he goes on to become a multiple winner of FIFA's best player award. I just don't see him being the transforming player many are proclaiming him to be.

Steve Ferns
71 Posted 24/07/2018 at 22:27:14
Has anyone watched the Richarlison interview? It's only a few minutes long, but he must have mentioned Marco Silva five times by name. Can anyone recall a player doing that before? I can't remember it. Think the last players to sign for their old manager would be McCarthy and the Wigan lot. I don't remember him dropping Martinez's name every 30 seconds.

Richarlison says Silva is like a father to him. It seems like he has a deep connection to the guy. Or maybe I'm reading too much into it. But my initial view is of a very young man, clearly from a troubled background as discussed in the Echo today, who is clearly delighted to be reunited with Silva and excited to play for him, and by extension us. It doesn't come across as a young kid, ready to rest on his laurels and count his cash, which is often the big fear with these guys.

Anyway, what do the rest of you think?

Minik Hansen
72 Posted 24/07/2018 at 22:28:38
Finally a Brazilian, aye. Welcome Richarlison. COYB NSNO.
Jer Kiernan
73 Posted 24/07/2018 at 22:30:15
I will try not to fall victim of the YouTube montage syndrome but had a look at this lad and he has a great deft first touch on him a real rarity in today's game.

I am hoping Silva can get the best out of him and I hope we still keep Lookman. I really feel he will come back to bite us if we let him go.

Another two signings and I will be happy: a centre-back who can run and an incisive midfielder, please.

Best of luck, son... Welcome to Goodison! COYB

Brian Williams
74 Posted 24/07/2018 at 22:34:02
Steve (#71).

I think you're jealous, mate, coz a young lad's moved in on your fella, lol!

Steve Ferns
75 Posted 24/07/2018 at 22:36:07
Brian. I've just never seen a player name drop a manager five times in 3 minutes. It was a bit bizarre, or they really do have a deep connection. It could explain a lot.
Michael Lynch
76 Posted 24/07/2018 at 22:39:43
To be fair, Steve, almost every question was about Marco Silva. When the interviewer didn't mention him in the question, Richarlison didn't mention him in the answer!

But clearly it was a big factor in the move. Richarlison comes across as being a fairly emotional young man, a long way from home, and clearly values having a mentor who speaks his language and can put an arm around him when needed.

Danny Baily
77 Posted 24/07/2018 at 22:40:42
Jay, didn't Villa try to stay up on the cheap for years before they were eventually relegated? Regardless, I agree that we're making the same expensive mistakes we did last season.
Fran Mitchell
78 Posted 24/07/2018 at 22:42:03
Based in Belem or Manaus, Jay?

Those comparing to Bolasie are well off the mark. Bolasie had already proven he was little more than a headless chicken. And was of the wrong age. Awful signing.

I'm quitely confident this lad will do well.

Now let's get a centre-half and a left-back, and hopefully a box-to-box creative centre mid.

And let's hope Bolasie, Klaassen, Besic, Williams, Schneiderlin, Martina, and Mirallas get shifted. With a short-term loan to the Championship for Vlasic, and a 'going nowhere' statement for Lookman.

Steve Ferns
79 Posted 24/07/2018 at 22:44:05
Just in case you missed it, he’s number 30.

Can we read anything into that? Bolasie is 7 and Walcott has his 11. At Fluminense he was 19 and that’s Niasse. I’d have stripped Bolasie of that 7! Or even the vacant 8 could be given to him instead of Mirallas.

Jerome Shields
80 Posted 24/07/2018 at 22:44:38
£40 million and Watford are still going to look for compensation. You couldn't make it up. £11 million, scored 5 goals last season, now worth £40 million. Who else was paying above £11 million for Richarlison?

We still have have not sorted out the defence. This will make it 5 seasons of failure to do so. There must be some real bluffers in the defensive end of the squad.

Derek Knox
81 Posted 24/07/2018 at 22:54:32
Fran, I couldn't agree more regarding Bolasie, like Schneiderlin I have seen both have a good game, once in a Blue Moon.

As to the others as well, wanting to ship them out, and actually getting it to happen, is another thing altogether.

As has been mentioned so many times, they should never have been given such lucrative and lengthy contracts. It's not even as if they were superstars, and the Club was protecting their investments, far from it.

We could complain till the cows come home, but the fact that we maybe stuck with them for the foreseeable future, is a distinct possibility.

Lewis Barclay
82 Posted 24/07/2018 at 23:06:42
I really want to see the positive side of this. There is clearly a huge mutual respect from both manager and player.

I am slightly confused that we are willing to spend this kind of money on a player who has only scored 25 goals in professional football, but if this is the player Silva wanted, then I’m excited we got him.

Now. The next thing has to be securing Lookman and then getting an LB and CB.

Jay Harris
83 Posted 24/07/2018 at 23:12:09
I would actually compare him to Calvert-Lewin who unfortunately through injury has not had a chance to show what he can do in a more attacking philosophy team.

This signing may well hinder his development.

I thought our priorities were CB, LB and MF goalscorer and dynamo.

Pete Clarke
84 Posted 24/07/2018 at 23:15:47
I have thought for a long time that we need a bit of flair from Brazil. You know, a player that actually makes you want to go to the game.

I was only thinking recently that we could go in for Willian and £40 million would have been about enough to get him (not that he would come to us), but it just shows how crazy the market is when a kid who has showed nothing spectacular is going for this much.

I suppose we are paying Watford back for the hounding of Silva...

When Rodrigo came on board a few years ago, he was backed up by being Botofogo player of the year for two years running and didn't get much of a look in before he got injured with us.

All the same, I hope he lights Goodison Park up for us and brings a smile to our faces once again after many years of turbulence.
I lived there for a couple of years myself and there are very few Brazilians who cannot do the basics (Jo managed this though) and most of them love to show a bit of flair which is what football is about really.

He will also feel a bit more at home having a couple of Brazilians playing locally.

Chris Corn
85 Posted 24/07/2018 at 23:17:21
I can see where this is going. After five games (or less) It's either going to be "£50 million for that bag of shite?!" or " He won't be here long, (insert fashionable club name), will be in for him"

Welcome to the bipolar world of Evertonia.

Brian Williams
86 Posted 24/07/2018 at 23:30:07
Let's just give the lad a chance, see who else we manage to bring in and give them a chance too, and give Silva a chance as well.

It's almost as though some want things to go tits up so they can say "Told you so."

Anish Dosani
87 Posted 24/07/2018 at 23:34:02
I'm worried about the number of chances Lookman might get this season, as Silva will need to let Richarlson and Wacott get in to the first team. Lookman is a top player and needs opportunities to play week in, week out
Lordy Hughes
88 Posted 24/07/2018 at 23:36:36
Sod the price. It's not like I have to pay it. And he looks a great addition.

Yeah, yeah, yeah – he tailed off last season but he'd already played a half season in a different league before that so he was knackered.

Not work-shy, this lad. Cracking signing.

Jay Wood

89 Posted 24/07/2018 at 23:37:17
Steve @ 71.

Yes, I think you are reading too much into what was a bog standard signing day interview with his new club's media team.

As Michael @ 76 mentions, Richarlison was fed the questions with references to Marco Silva which were basically the known, nothing revealing at all.

As for referring to Silva as a 'father-figure', that is a Brazilian cultural thing. Ahead of the World Cup each night on the national news they did a different biog on each player of the Brazilian squad. Many referred to the Brazilian coach Tite as a 'father-figure'. It is an extremely commonplace, as in reverse a 'father or mother-figure' addressing a younger person who is NOT their child as 'uma criança do coração' - a 'child of the heart'.

I am frequently called 'tio' - uncle - by total strangers in all manner of situations. A mark of courtesy and respect from a younger person to a more 'mature' person.

Perhaps more revealing from the interview was what was NOT said, in comparison to every incoming transfer last summer: not one reference of gratitude or thanks for the part the chairman, 'tio Bill' played in making the transfer happen.

Barry Williams
90 Posted 24/07/2018 at 23:52:43
Just a point, the fee is undisclosed, the media have come out with figures of between £35-50M, we don't know if;

1. That is true?
2. If it is, does it include add-ons and what are these add-ons for?
3. If there is compensation included?

So really, unless there is an official announcement, we have no idea of what the deal is. I remember a few years ago the minor spat between Moyes and Barnsley about how much we actually paid for Stones, just shows, even the main protagonists couldn't agree!

A £15M discrepancy suggests that the media ain't really got much of a clue either! What's new!?

Anyways, the next couple of weeks are going to be interesting.

Gio Mero
91 Posted 24/07/2018 at 23:57:22
Very few here seem to have picked on what Lyndon suggested: we are not paying over the top for the player but the fee includes a compensation to Watford for the Silva affair.

I am concerned about the quality of the player and what I saw of him last season makes this an underwhelming acquisition to say the least.

If the conversation between Everton and Silva went something like: "We need to pay Watford £30m+; pick a player they are happy to sell and you think might come good" then it would all make more sense.

Barry Williams
92 Posted 24/07/2018 at 00:00:25
Gio Mero - 91

From what I can gather, and I confess I have limited knowledge of the player, a lot of the posters are saying his form dropped off as he was literally playing without a pre-season break. Take into account he is a young lad, then that might be pertinent.

James Marshall
93 Posted 25/07/2018 at 00:09:35

Bang on the money mate. Well said.

There's plenty to be excited about with Richarlison – and it's well worth noting he played way too much football last year without a break. There's a deeper explanation of this online if you look it up.

£40m for a young, strong, pacey, skillful wide player is exciting when you look at the rest of the team – we were all crying out for more pace last season and now we have it.

James Marshall
94 Posted 25/07/2018 at 00:17:42
It's worth noting that, while all the headlines say £50m, the fee is in fact £35m with potential add-ons. He's a £35m player not a £50m player.
Darren Murphy
95 Posted 25/07/2018 at 00:18:15

50 mill, 50 mill, Richarlison,
50 mill, 50 mill, I say,
50 mill, 50 mill, Richarlison,
Playing the Everton Way...

Hope I don't get done for copyright hahaha. Get in Blues. He's a young talent better than superkunt Mirralas.

Mike Gaynes
96 Posted 25/07/2018 at 00:33:38
Barry #90, thank you. A voice of sanity.

And as Lordy #88 says, sod the price. If he comes good, it's a good signing. If not, it's not.

Keith Monaghan
97 Posted 25/07/2018 at 00:34:20
Welcome! And I hope you do very well for us and justify Silva & Brands' faith in you.

What intrigues me is just how quite a few on this & other recent threads justify making such bold claims about Lookman – for me, he's very unproven in this league, good potential yes, but many were still mistakenly saying that about Barkley after 5+ seasons around our team – how well's he doing at Chelski? Didn't manage a single full game for them last season, only started once, and only came on from the bench twice!

Mike Gaynes
98 Posted 25/07/2018 at 00:39:07
Don't know if anybody posted this before, but Matt Cheatham at the Echo tweeted this:

"Richarlison attempted more dribbles, had more shots and created more chances from open play than anyone at Everton [last season]."

Si Cooper
99 Posted 25/07/2018 at 00:50:21
Well, I am assuming that the figures mentioned includes the compensation for Silva and I will be saying the same to everyone I talk to about it.

In my mind, £25-30 million is what you pay these days for someone you are prepared to take a gamble on; £40-50 million is the figure for someone who is pretty much guaranteed to have a positive impact. Makes me feel a lot better about the deal and, if we're lucky, he will turn out to be a bargain.

Barry Williams
100 Posted 25/07/2018 at 00:50:25
Mike Gaynes (#96),

Haa haa, thanks Mike. Another way of looking at it, if you do pick up a potentially good player on the cheap, then you have to pay them top wages anyway to fend off competition, thus they are difficult to shift if they underwhelm, ala Sandro! Although saying that, we don't really know what he is earning, I have heard £30k a week differences in what people report!

I repeat, who official has come out and said anything about the price!?

David Israel
101 Posted 25/07/2018 at 01:05:40
Tio Jay (#89), always a delight to read you, even when you're rolling out dreadful crime statistics.

Had you watched Richarlison play at all, in Brazil, before he came to these shores?

Jamie Crowley
102 Posted 25/07/2018 at 01:08:44
Mike @98 -

A good point.

An equally good point is if I played in the league last season, I'd have more shots and created more chances than anyone at Everton!

Big Sam didn't allow his players to create shit! ;0)

Derek Thomas
103 Posted 25/07/2018 at 01:18:59
A year too late, mind, but better late than never.
Jay Wood

104 Posted 25/07/2018 at 01:21:10
David @ 101 (spooky! "Everybody knows what's in Room 101, Winston").

To answer your question, I've copy-pasted what I said in another Richarlison-related thread:

As someone resident in Brazil, I'll stick to what I know about Richarlison, the player. And that is: NOTHING!

Fluminese, his former team - a very middling club - is one of three teams my Brazilian brother-in-law follows. As such, I keep an eye on them to wind him up as he winds me up over Everton.

And in his one and a half seasons with Fluminese before signing for Watford, I have absolutely no recall of him. None.

I do recall a bit of a social media spat between the player and his club just ahead of him signing for Watford. The reigning Brazilian champions Palmeiras made a bid for him (still only 20) just before Fluminese were due to play them. As a result, the player (the club president alleged) asked not to be selected by the club paying his salary against the club looking to sign him, and Richarlison broke down in tears (again, allegedly) when Fluminese slapped his wrists for his 'immaturity'. The player drew a great deal of public criticism from fans.

Richarlison took to Instagram to deny the charges, saying: "Who knows me knows I don't do this type of thing. I am not a mercenary and I am not a coward. Sorry. I don't want to hurt anyone."

The end result was, he got a salary raise, because of the fans wrath Fluminense refused point blank to deal with Palmeiras, stating they would prefer to sell to an overseas club rather than a Brazilian one, which is what they ultimately did.

Truly, my only personal recall of the player is the 3-2 roller-coaster at Goodison last season in which he most certainly did impress. I genuinely cannot recall a single minute of his game time in Brazil.

David Israel
105 Posted 25/07/2018 at 01:31:24
Thank you, Jay. I see you know your Eric Arthur Blair!

Mind you, most of what I recall about Richarlison is also basically the Goodison game last season.

Jay Wood

106 Posted 25/07/2018 at 01:52:31
On Brazil's major broadcast channel sports pages, this story is waaayyy down the pecking order of reported news. They are reporting it from a Fluminese perspective as thus:

"According to the agreement reached in the transfer a year ago, the Tricolor [Fluminese] are entitled to 10% of the difference between what was paid and what Watford will receive.

"Thus, Watford would gain £33.5 million [this implies the fee Everton paid is £45 million - £11.5 million Watford paid to buy him + £33.5 million profit they are making by selling him]."

The report concludes: "Of that amount, £3.5 million pounds goes to Fluminense."

Ernie Baywood
107 Posted 25/07/2018 at 02:22:17
I hope we end up paying every one of those add-ons.

Yes the initial price is high (let's assume it's about £40M) but look at it another way.

Liverpool just paid £13M for Shaqiri. The little fella who just got relegated. General concensus seems to be that they got a bargain.

In 5 years time, Shaqiri will be worth ten bob.

In 5 years time, Richarlison will be 26 and worth... ???

He doesn't have to do that much to end up as good value, does he?

Michael Morgan
108 Posted 25/07/2018 at 02:22:46
Sorry Jay @106,

If £3.5 million is 10%, then the full difference is £35 million profit, not £33.5 million. Add that to the £11.5 million that Watford paid, I make that £46.5 million that we have supposedly paid.

Unusual if correct as I've never heard of a sell-on clause that factored in the difference. Plus it's way off the price being quoted by the English media.

Are you sure it's just not 10% of the price we paid Watford, which would mean we paid £35 million, as that's what's being quoted on BBC Sport?

Jay Wood

109 Posted 25/07/2018 at 03:04:47
Michael @ 108.

I translated it word for word from the Globo site, including the numbers. I just removed the Brazilian Reais currency equivalent.

I read it 3-4 times to be quite sure they did mean the difference between Watford's purchase and sales price and they clearly do.

My own maths is based on the quoted numbers, but you are quite right. If Fluminese are getting 10% and that equates to £3.5 million, then your calculations are correct.

Or maybe the report rounds up the 10% figure from £3.35 million to £3.5 million. What's £150,000 between friends after all?

Or, like everyone else, they may simply be taking a punt in the dark on the true price.

Victor Yu
110 Posted 25/07/2018 at 03:18:59
Let's get behind him now that he is here. He does seem like an upgrade on the left.

This, however, could mean Lookman will be gone soon.

Michael Morgan
111 Posted 25/07/2018 at 04:46:29
Jay @ 109,

I wish clubs would be more transparent when it comes down to the financial running of the club, I know they don't have to, just wish they would as it would clear up a lot of uncertainty for the fans.

Some of the crap that media outlets churn out, just adds to it, I mean there's at least several prices that we've apparently paid for him and that's just the English sites.

I'd also personally like to know the wages he's on. One website said he was on £30k a week at Watford, another said he was on £32k a week. I hope we learned from past mistakes about ridiculous wages and no more than doubled that wage.

Mike Dolan
112 Posted 25/07/2018 at 05:25:04
From what I can see of him he looks a complete flair footballer. A big lad, very fast and strong on the ball. I'm very excited about this signing a I wish him well for a great career at Everton. This season feels good already.
Alan J Thompson
113 Posted 25/07/2018 at 05:29:23
Steve (#71); Koeman also signed Schneiderlin, Stekelenburg and Martina who, I think, were all at Southampton when he was their manager, albeit one had moved to another club, a second was on loan and the third a free transfer when signed for Everton.
Darren Hind
114 Posted 25/07/2018 at 05:57:28
Of course the fee is important. We will have a finite amount of money to spend.

People said this last year when we were blowing a fortune on second-rate players and look at the fucking mess we are in. No fucker'll leave.

Richarlison is not responsible for what went on last season though. I wish him well and pray he can generate the excitement which has been missing from Goodison for far too long.

Welcome aboard, son!

Niall McIlhone
115 Posted 25/07/2018 at 06:15:31
Whilst I'm glad to have the player on board, I am bothered by the lack of movement out of the club so far — we all know who needs moving on.

I'd just like to add that, amidst this, and other big money moves, our first opponents of the new Premier League season, Wolves, have brought in Moutinho for a very modest fee. Now this is a player we have been linked with for quite a long time and who would have been, in my view, a catalyst for linking play.

Wolves have made some very smart moves in the market and it appears that the club owners and manager have no problem attracting quality recruits. The opening fixture might be very interesting, and I hope to see all three of Walcott, Lookman and Richarlison given a start.

Jerome Shields
116 Posted 25/07/2018 at 06:27:30
There is something not quite right about this signing. It will eventually come out in the wash.
Brent Stephens
117 Posted 25/07/2018 at 06:57:13
Jerome, what is “not quite right about this signing”?

If all goes well, you won’t have criticised it. If something goes wrong, you can claim you always knew?!

Brent Stephens
118 Posted 25/07/2018 at 07:03:05
Ernie (#107). Richarlison will be a free agent in 5 years?
Paul Mackay
119 Posted 25/07/2018 at 08:06:41
He looks like Ross Barkley, anyone else see it?
Sam Hoare
120 Posted 25/07/2018 at 08:35:31
Wonder what happened to Lozano? Not going to Barça clearly.
Pete Clarke
121 Posted 25/07/2018 at 09:10:45
I think most of us live in hope that we can be successful again but, having been through our fair amount of shitty entertainment over the past two decades, we are all too wary of failure to a point where we expect it.

If you take a look at Chelsea and see what they have in terms of quality players and then assess that they are not the prime favourites for the trophies, you begin to realise the uphill struggle most of the other clubs have.

This lad we have brought in will hopefully give us something to smile about but there a lot of gaping holes in our squad that need to be filled with good quality like a centre-half (or two), a left-back good enough to fill Baines's boots, and a good centre-forward with pace.

So there is another £100 million spent and Silva will need to be doing a top job just to be competing around the top half.
We live in hope. COYB

Tony Everan
122 Posted 25/07/2018 at 09:21:56
I am delighted. A big warm Everton welcome to Richarlison!

Now keep Lookman as a job share with Walcott. Walcott will only play half the games, Lookman can fill in and challenge for a regular start.

A few more signings on the way too, left-back and centre-back, and maybe a midfielder. I feel very positive about the new season. The team is being transferred from having an aging dinosaur as a manager with aging players into a young hungry and dynamic unit.

I am starting to believe again that we are on the right path. This is only the first step though and there is much more to be done.

Derek Knox
123 Posted 25/07/2018 at 09:26:33
Peter @121 very poignant post, and as you say, an uphill task just to stay within reach.

Hopefully this is the start of a new era for Everton, how many seasons have we also said that? Seriously though, Boardroom reshuffle, new Manager, new DoF and starting to get young talented players in.

I sincerely hope that the problem areas to be addressed first and foremost, left-back and centre-back, are the next before the window shuts again.

Also hope, although not an easy task to ship out a lot of the expensive deadwood, even if inevitably, they will be financial losses.

Dave Abrahams
124 Posted 25/07/2018 at 09:37:07
I think Jay Wood, Sam Hoare and others who have doubts about the success of this transfer are just harbouring the doubts many fans have about this deal.

Like they have said, they wish him well at Everton and so do I, but the doubts are still there and that has more to do with the ability of Richarlison and much less with the fee, which will explain itself in due course, hopefully.

Steve Ferns
125 Posted 25/07/2018 at 09:57:47
There's a big comparison you can draw with Bolasie. This boy is very fast and, more importantly, very fast on the ball. He has a great touch, he has excellent ball control and he can dribble around 5 players if they don't foul him. He's got a bag of tricks as well.

So like Bolasie, he's superb with the ball at his feet. I think Bolasie hasn't got that ability back after his injury. Bolasie has a poor shot, and Richarlison seems better, he's scored a fair few goals to indicate that if he has sight of goal, he can put the ball in the net, past the keeper.

Bolasie gets a decent number of crosses in, but Richarilson seems not to have that ability. Basically, he plays on the left, but has no left foot, so he can't whip the ball in. Instead he always checks onto his right and plays the low ball across the box or shoots.

I've seen little evidence of Richarlison being able to play through passes, but there were a couple on YouTube that looked decent passes, so perhaps he can do this, he just needs better movement.

He's scored a fair few headers. I think the lad will end up as a central striker, but maybe not for a few years yet. Maybe after watching him, week-in & week-out, I shall re-evaluate that position. I think he has the makings of a good player.

I see a lot of similarities towards Neymar. No, not in terms of ability, but in terms of how Richarlison seems to want to play. The big difference, other than ability, seems to me to be that Neymar looks more to be able to pass the ball, whilst Richarlison seems to charge more at the goal and not look to play others in. That is something Silva will need to work on.

Geoff Lambert
126 Posted 25/07/2018 at 10:23:53
It's not the lad's fault how much we paid for him or how much wages he is on. Let's get off his back and give him a chance to show us what he can do.
Tony Everan
127 Posted 25/07/2018 at 10:50:49
I too see him as a future centre-forward. He will continue to improve, will become stronger and tougher over the next two seasons. His decent aerial ability will only improve as a result. It will become harder to knock him off the ball. He will become an all round, very feared front man.

This lad will become one of the world's great strikers and will be star for us and Brazil. We will laugh about questioning the fee.

Paul Mackay
128 Posted 25/07/2018 at 11:51:30
Have you all been drinking?
Steve Ferns
129 Posted 25/07/2018 at 11:59:51
It's 5 o'clock somewhere, Paul.
Soren Moyer
130 Posted 25/07/2018 at 13:50:26
To me, he a a great signing. Now let's get rid of the deadwood and bring in a few more quality players.
Terry Murray
131 Posted 25/07/2018 at 13:57:07
What's his first name?
Steve Ferns
132 Posted 25/07/2018 at 14:08:26
His name is Richarlison de Andrade. So Richarilson is actually his first name.
Jerome Shields
133 Posted 25/07/2018 at 14:10:01
Brent (#117),

We are paying between £30 and 50 million for a player that cost £11 million a year ago. I do think he has potential, but it's a big risk and what other club is in the mix to push Everton to £30 million plus? He did start out well with Watford and a combination of Silva going and burnout could have affected him. With potential, he is worth £20 million at best. Many reports are linking the price to compensation for Silva, which I don't believe.

I think the defence is more urgent, though Richarlison's position is also weak in the squad and we need pace. . . The overall Everton plan due to parental contracts and the inability to attract suitable players means it is long-term.

Because Silva is on a 3-year contract, he must feel he can up the ante. Everton with this transfer are aiming for the top 4; hopefully they get the changes in defence to make this objective realistic.

At the moment things are not quite right and Silva as Manager is a risk in itself.

Dermot Byrne
134 Posted 25/07/2018 at 14:13:15
Have a look at article in The Guardian today. Balanced and encouraging.

Kristian Boyce
135 Posted 25/07/2018 at 14:26:49
As per usual, the media (led by the the RS loving BBC) have continually highlighted the £50M figure, inviting ridicule within comment sections.

Amusingly I recall when he first joined Watford, the media praised them for signing a Brazilian youngster for a bargain deal. When he had his explosive start to the season, the media were linking him to Barca, Real Man Utd and Man City for around 50m, and saying Watford had no chance of keeping him long term.

I also recall at the start of the season a number people on here (especially during the live forum) had criticism of Walsh for missing deals like Richarlison.

[Hopefully over the season, my spell check on my phone will learn that it's Richarlison and not Richardson.]

Jamie Crowley
136 Posted 25/07/2018 at 14:39:51

The auto-correct and spell checkers are absolutely infuriating with this new player!

David Hallwood
137 Posted 25/07/2018 at 14:40:28
I agree with Soren (#130) that more needs to go out than in. But left-back and centre-back are a priority. Get that done and it's a decent window.
Jerome Shields
138 Posted 25/07/2018 at 15:03:06
It's like there is money coming from somewhere.
Mark Brennnan
139 Posted 25/07/2018 at 17:08:33
His latest tweet "I promise to leave all my blood on the field, like I've been doing since my first football game, when I was still just a kid. Thanks for the confidence and pleasure, Everton! My name is Oko!"

As long as that blood is Blue "Oko", crack on
Andy Crooks
140 Posted 25/07/2018 at 21:11:55
Darren, # 114, top post.
Mike Dolan
141 Posted 25/07/2018 at 22:41:51
It was a bigger gamble for Watford to splash out 11 million for him than it is for Everton to pay whatever they paid plus add ons. Richarlison is now a proven player in the Prem, he is being signed by a man who has worked and managed him and initially signed him for Watford so presumably knows his worth.

I agree with all those who say he will probably end up eventually as an out and out striker. He looks awesome running straight at a defense, reminds me a bit of Lukaku that way but he has a great first touch which Lukaku still doesn't have.

If we get Yerri Mina and this kid in the box for corners and free kicks we'll score a lot of goals this season.

Steve Ferns
142 Posted 25/07/2018 at 22:56:11
So those of us who thought the ridiculously high fee for Richarlison included compensation for Silva are wrong. Watford haven’t dropped the matter.

Or so say The Daily Fail

Mike Keating
143 Posted 26/07/2018 at 00:42:19
Just seen that Steve (yes, I know, I need to get a life) but can’t believe that such a ridiculous deal (somewhere between £35 - £50m) could have been agreed without a settlement of the compo claim being resolved. This makes Watford look like a bunch of snides and Everton the usual muggins.
Paul Ferry
144 Posted 26/07/2018 at 02:09:07
Top stuff, Steve Ferns (#125). Great technical breakdown.

'He's scored a fair few goals to indicate that if he has sight of goal, he can put the ball in the net, past the keeper'.

Paul Mackay
145 Posted 26/07/2018 at 02:36:03
Not hard to have a first touch better than Lukaku, his first touch is worse than Harvey Weinstein’s.
John Otway
146 Posted 26/07/2018 at 05:25:05
#145. Utterly puerile.
Paul Mackay
147 Posted 26/07/2018 at 07:35:54
#146 Utterly saturnine.
John Kavanagh
148 Posted 26/07/2018 at 09:32:38
According to today's Daily Mail Watford have stated that they are now pursuing their tapping up claim against Everton over Silva's appointment, less than 24 hours after the deal for Richarlison.

So much for the theory that the £45 million Richarlison fee included a £10 million 'sweetener' to settle the claim as postulated by many on TW and in the media.

Who is doing our negotiating? Smashie and Nicey, or maybe Walter and the Softees from the Beano? I cannot believe that Brands could be so naive, otherwise he wouldn't have lasted 3 weeks in his previous job.

The Pozzos at Watford will be sat in their caravan drinking champagne and laughing their arses off.

We are a complete laughing stock.

Now watch in awe as we 'reluctantly' accept £15 million for Lookman.

Mike Keating
149 Posted 26/07/2018 at 10:30:29
Agree John - where are Dennis & Gnasher when you need them?
Joe Halligan
150 Posted 26/07/2018 at 11:07:04
Guessing Watford must think they have evidence to show we acted outside the rules when approaching Silva last season.
I hope this is the most relevant part from the statement Watford have released though: "Therefore the disciplinary process continues. In pursuing its disciplinary claim, the club has known from the outset it forfeited any right to compensation as a consequence of not following a proposed arbitration process. "

John Kavanagh
151 Posted 26/07/2018 at 11:43:32
Joe #150. They are clearly after a points deduction as finishing a place higher or lower can now mean a million pounds and there are usually not many points between 10th and 18th. Given that the RS got away with a letter of apology and the player after being caught red handed, you can bet that the FA will want to set an example in this case, just like they did to eradicate diving last season.

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