The Brilliant Theory Why Richarlison's Transfer Fee Is Sky-High
We're living in a post-Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain world. Transfers were always extraordinary but nowadays the size of fees can match that of some countries' GDP.
And nothing says 'what an enough is happening with football and when will it stop?' than this latest transfer rumour linking Watford's Richarlison to Everton for a quite shocking fee of £50 million.
Indeed, he's just 21-years-old, he's Brazilian, and striker - but he also only scored five goals in 41 games for the Hornets last season. We know these are Premier League prices, but this is something else.
But this one Everton writer thinks he's found the reason why the fee is so massive - and has something to do with the Toffees' current manager Marco Silva.
Silva was sacked by Watford in January for: "unwarranted approach by a Premier League rival" that caused "significant deterioration in both focus and results to the point where the long-term future of Watford FC has been jeopardised," as per the BBC.
He joined up with Everton, following the departure of Sam Allardyce, and in his first game in charge won 22-0 in a friendly against Austrian side ATV Irdning, a match where the Merseyside dominated so much, Irdning's goalkeeper seemed to just give up in the end.
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Silva's appointment at Everton is controversial and Watford are in a battle for compensation with Everton over it.
And now writer Rob Vera has come out with this theory: the reason the fee is so high for Richarlison is to smooth over the fraught relationship between the two clubs.
While we wait for clarification on the Richarlison fee, don't be surprised if the Watford complaint for compensation over Silva disappears. Everton get their player and avoid protracted arbitration. Watford get an aesthetically-pleasing fee when it's really a fee for both. #EFC- Rob Vera (@TheRobVera) July 20, 2018
And many agree with Rob's theory
Spot on mate. Funny how it's gone very quiet with regards to that.- Al (@a1mc) July 20, 2018
Yeah true, business at the end of the day- Pablo (@paulgharrison) July 20, 2018
You know what Rob, i think you're absolutely spot on here. What a great shout this is.- EvertonViking (@EvertonViking) July 20, 2018
What do you reckon? Let us know in the comments.