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21st Jul 2018

There’s a solid theory about why Richarlison’s transfer fee is so high

Pretty good shout, this

Darragh Murphy

Marco Silva has had to convince Everton to part ways with a lot of money to secure a reunion with Richarlison.

Richarlison is reportedly set to move to Goodison Park for a staggering £50 million this summer, resulting in several raised eyebrows over the mammoth fee for a relatively unproven prospect.

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.

Not a bad shout…