Richarlison has seemingly left the door open to a possible future transfer to Chelsea, though the highly-rated Brazilian ahead insists that he’s not presently taking note of any lingering switch rumours as he appears to assist Watford keep away from relegation strife.
Chelsea and Manchester United – together with the likes of Ajax and Serie A duo Inter Milan and Sampdoria – had been each linked with Fluminense’s Richarlison final summer time, according to The Mail, however Watford ultimately jumped forward of their rivals to seal a deal value round £11.5m ($16.1m).
The 20-year-old’s spectacular kind at Vicarage Highway, significantly in the course of the early levels of the season, meant that hypothesis over his future continued to simmer away within the run-up to the January switch window, with the Mirror stating that Tottenham Hotspur had been monitoring his progress.
Final month, Yahoo Brasil claimed that each Arsenal and Chelsea had made approaches to Watford for Richarlison and had been in talks with the participant’s agent, Renato Velasco, over a attainable deal.
Quizzed particularly concerning the ongoing curiosity from Chelsea during an interview with the Evening Standard, the previous Brazilian Below-20 worldwide, stated to have penned a five-year contract value roughly £20,000-a-week upon his arrival on Vicarage Highway in August, didn’t rule out a future swap however reiterated that he was solely concentrating on Watford at this time limit.
“Sooner or later you by no means know however I depart all issues like that as much as my brokers,” he stated. “In the intervening time my head is totally in Watford. I’m not desirous about the rest and I need to assist the crew get so far as attainable within the league. That’s my goal, that’s my focus and nothing else.”
Richarlison hit the bottom operating at Watford and carried out brilliantly within the crew that rose as excessive as fourth throughout their honeymoon interval below Marco Silva that got here to a screeching halt in November amid curiosity within the latter from Everton.
A wretched sequence of only one win and eight defeats in 11 matches noticed the sinking Hornets, who claimed the “unwarranted method by a Premier League rival for his providers” was a catalyst for his or her choice, to surprisingly part company with Silva after solely eight months in cost in January.
A cryptic tweet posted by Richarlison within the aftermath of that sacking led to renewed speculation that he could possibly be sad at Watford, although he has since began all of Javi Gracia’s first 4 matches in cost – together with the shock Four-1 demolition of Chelsea on 5 February throughout which he was seen in tears after being substituted within the second half.