Everton look set to make their first signing of the summer and the first under new manager Marco Silva with the Premier League season only weeks away.
The Toffees are in advanced talks with Watford forward Richarlison over making a £50 million switch to Merseyside, according to Sky Sports.
The 21-year-old forward was signed by new Everton boss Silva last summer when he took over the reigns at Watford, and the pair look likely to be reunited at Goodison Park, for a much larger fee.
Richarlison hasn’t scored a goal since November 19th. However, the youngster looks set to become Marco Silva’s first major signing at the club.
Here at The Boot Room, we took a look at one winner and one loser in Richarlison’s imminent switch to Everton from Watford.
Winner – Watford
Watford will be making a humongous profit on Richarlison if reports are correct that a deal will take place for £50 million.
It was only last summer that the 21-year-old signed for Watford from Brazilian outfit Fluminense for £13 million and the forward hasn’t done much to warrant such a skyrocket in his value since then.
Nevertheless, it will turn out to be a great bit of business from Watford and cashing in on £50 million for a forward who only scored five goals in all competition’s last season is mind-boggling, to say the least.
As far as deals go, they don’t come much better than this, and if the Hornets invest the capital they receive for Richarlison successfully, they’ll be feeling fortunate.
Loser – Yannick Bolasie
If Richarlison does arrive on Merseyside, Yannick Bolasie will be likely to lose regular first team football for the Blues, with both players playing in similar positions.
The 29-year-old hasn’t done much on Merseyside to warrant a guaranteed starting place in Silva’s new setup, and the winger scored only one time in 18 appearances last season.
It’s a real shame for Bolasie, who came to Goodison Park with such promise from Crystal Palace for £25 million in 2016 after a terrific season for the Eagles.
Hopefully, Bolasie can prove himself to his new Portuguese manager over the preseason. However, expect Richarlison to be given the nod to start if he does sign.