There's a solid theory about why Richarlison's transfer fee is so high
Marco Silva has had to convince Everton to part ways with a lot of money to secure a reunion with Richarlison.
Richarlison has moved to Goodison Park for a fee that could rise to £50m, resulting in several raised eyebrows over the mammoth fee for a relatively unproven prospect.
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Richarlison scored five goals in 41 appearances in his debut season for Watford and Silva is so keen on working with the Brazilian again that he's persuaded the Toffees to do everything in their power to get the deal done.
£50 million is a hell of a lot of money but there's an interesting theory doing the rounds in relation to why the fee for the 21-year-old is so high.
Everton and Watford have been locked in a compensation battle for months after the Merseyside club eventually managed to make Silva their new manager following a rejected approach for the Portuguese coach last November.
Watford believe that the Toffees' much-publicised pursuit of Silva resulted in a significant downturn in form for Watford and Silva was eventually sacked in January. While the clubs continued to haggle over the compensation package throughout the summer, a deal was agreed for Richarlison which some believe is excessive.
However, journalist Rob Vera has an interesting theory which suggests that Everton decided to offer the Hertfordshire club such a high fee for Richarlison in the hope that it might smooth over the compensation dispute over Silva.
It's not a bad shout...
While we wait for clarification on the Richarlison fee, don't be surprised if the Watford complaint for compensation over Silva disappears. Everton get their player and avoid protracted arbitration. Watford get an aesthetically-pleasing fee when it's really a fee for both. #EFC
— Rob Vera (@TheRobVera) July 20, 2018
Richarlison joined Watford from Fluminense for £11.5m in 2017. He spoke about the importance of Silva in his decision to move to Everton.
"I want to have a lot of success with Everton," Richarlison said.
"I think it is going to be important for me 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.
"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.
"Everton have put their faith in me and I intend to honour this shirt and demonstrate on the pitch why I came here. I want my dreams to become a reality here at one of the biggest clubs in England."