Fluminense president Pedro Abad has confirmed 20-year-old forward Richarlison has been sold to Watford.
In a press conference on Monday, the official revealed the player is leaving in a €12.5m deal and won’t be playing for the club anymore.
“Richarlison won’t travel to face Sport,” Abad said. “The departure is confirmed, he’ll play at Watford, from England. It was all decided on Monday, his last game would’ve been on Sunday, against Ponte Preta.”
The match against Ponte Preta was postponed because of the death of João Pedro Braga, son of Fluminense manager Abel Braga.
Richarlison has scored 15 goals in 36 games this season, and has been proving to be one of the most promising young attackers in Brazil.
The player was set to join Ajax, but the Dutch club failed to agree a fee with Fluminense. Other European sides such as Chelsea, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Milan and Sampdoria have all been credited with interest as well.
Richarlison will be the second former Fluminense player to wear the Watford shirt recently, after Chelsea loanee Kenedy spent last season at Vicarage Road.
Fluminense will be entitled to 10% of a future sale. The club only had 50% of the player’s rights, and that’s why their fans think the starlet is leaving for very little.