Watford attacker Richarlison has today opened up on the possibility of departing the club, amid links with a number of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.
Richarlison, a Brazilian U20 international, made the surprise move to Vicarage Road last 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 subsequently went on to enjoy a hugely impressive start to life in the Premier League.
Despite his tender years and lack of European experience, Richarlison took to English football like a duck to water, racking up 5 goals and 3 assists in his first 14 Premier League outings.
However, the last couple of months have proven a far more challenging experience for the South American, with Watford’s dip in form having seen Richarlison’s goalscoring exploits dry up.
The struggles endured by the Hornets also resulted in the sacking of manager Marco Silva in January, a move which did not sit well with several members of the club’s squad.
Richarlison was one to take to social media to showcase his anger at the decision, posting the following on Twitter in the immediate aftermath of the announcement:
— Richarlison Andrade (@richarlison97) January 21, 2018
On the move?
Richarlison’s reaction to Silva’s dismissal saw speculation surrounding the Brazilian’s future at Vicarage Road immediately reignite, with Arsenal and Chelsea the sides most-heavily touted as potential destinations.
And, speaking in an interview with FourFourTwo earlier today, Richarlison admitted that, although he is focused on Watford’s fight against relegation from the Premier League for the time being, the draw of a massive wage-packet, as well as the chance to play in the Champions League, could see him move on from the Hornets come the summer:
‘Look, everybody wants financial security for their family, and when a player says otherwise, he’s lying. If I play at a really high level, opportunities will come my way.’
‘But right now my mind is focused on Watford. I will raise my level. I think about playing in the Champions League and being the top scorer in the Premier League.’