While bigger teams threw hundreds of millions around over of the summer to bolster their already impressive squads, some clubs, like Watford, were a bit more cautious with their money, preferring to look outside of Europe for their recruits.
Gambling, to a certain extent, around £12m on Richarlison, the Hornets’ acquisition of the former Fluminense starlet has proven a solid bet, with the 20-year-old already scoring five goals and picking up five assists in 14 league appearances this season.
They weren’t the only club after him, as a number of bigger names, such as AC Milan, were keen on his services.
Calciomercato on Wednesday explain the Serie A outfit were offered the youngster over the summer, as his representatives tried to get their client a move to Europe, but it was Watford’s decision to pay the money straight away that gave them the edge.
AC Milan apparently ‘preferred to postpone a possible investment for the future without immediately taking Richarlison’, suggesting some kind of deal that would have seen the Brazilian forward stay in his country a bit longer before moving to Italy.
Either way, Watford are the winners here, and if their new starlet continues to play like he has done since the start of the season, there’s a very good chance they’ll make a large profit.