According to reports in the English media this afternoon, Watford are set to sign Chelsea and Manchester United target Richarlison over the coming days, should he be granted a work permit.
Richarlison, a versatile 20-year-old attacker who plays his football for Brasileiro side Fluminense, has been touted as a star of the future for some time in his home country.
The Selecao youth international can play anywhere across an attacking trident, and has racked up 5 goals and 3 assists in 13 Brazilian top-flight appearances in 2017.
Dutch giants Ajax had been reported as having secured a deal for Richarlison earlier this month, while Gianluca DiMarzio revealed last week that Chelsea had beaten off interest from Manchester United to secure a deal.
However, a growing number of reports today insist that it is another, rather surprising side who have taken a firm lead in the race for one of South America’s most talented youngsters.
The club in question are Premier League outfit Watford, who, according to the Hertfordshire Mercury among others, will confirm a deal for Richarlison ‘in the next couple of days’, assuming he is granted a work permit.
The transfer is expected to be worth a fee in the region of £12 million.