Watford manager Marco Silva has today explained that the Hornets have to remain ‘realistic’ over the future of Richarlison, hinting that the attacker could be sold if and when top clubs inevitably come calling.
Richarlison, a Brazilian U20 international, made the surprise move to Vicarage Road this 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 has since gone on to enjoy a hugely impressive start to life in the Premier League.
Despite his tender years and lack of European experience, Richarlison has taken to English football like a duck to water, racking up 5 goals and 3 assists in 14 Premier League outings to this point in the campaign.
Unsurprisingly, Richarlison’s showings for the Hornets have not gone unnoticed amongst the giants of the Premier League, with reports stemming from the English press over recent weeks suggesting that Tottenham have been joined by London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea in keeping tabs on the progress of the 20-year-old.
At present, Arsenal are thought to maintain the most concrete interest in the Brazilian starlet’s services, due to the expected departure of Alexis Sanchez either in January or next summer.
Despite setting Watford back £11.2 million just 4 months ago, the interest of so many top clubs in his signature has led to rumours that Richarlison’s valuation now sits around the £30 million mark.
And though Watford chief executive Scott Duxbury remained adamant that Richarlison would not be departing the club any time soon during an interview earlier this week, Hornets boss Marco Silva has today hinted that the club will not stand in the way of the South American, upon some of Europe’s top clubs inevitably coming calling:
‘For us to improve as a club we need to sign players with ambition.’
‘I want everyone in the club to work hard and if they achieve something else in their careers, then that’s normal. I’m realistic.’
‘While they are at Watford they need to give 100 per cent.’
‘To do well in their careers is fantastic for us as a club and also for the player.’