The 21-year-old Brazilian ace is poised the join the Toffees
Everton are set to sign Brazilian forward Richarlison in a £40million-plus deal after the Watford man passed his medical with the Merseyside club.
The 21-year-old arrived at the Toffees’ Finch Farm training ground on Monday for tests.
It is understood the final paperwork of the deal is being completed, and the move could be announced as soon as Tuesday.
Richarlison will become Everton’s first signing of the summer and will be reunited with manager Marco Silva, who was in charge at Watford when they signed him from Fluminense last summer.
The Brazilian scored five times in his opening 12 Premier League matches last season but did not find the net again following Silva’s sacking in January.
At the time Watford cited the destabilising effect of an approach by Everton, who originally wanted the Portuguese to replace Ronald Koeman.
The two clubs’ relationship has still not been fully restored but the fact they are willing to do business over Richarlison – for whom they will make almost a £30 profit in 12 months having bought him from Fluminense last summer – suggests things have improved.
With recruitment finally under way the new Toffees boss has to start trimming down a bloated squad.
So far only striker Wayne Rooney and reserve goalkeeper Joel Robles have departed permanently.
But with Silva keen to bring in more players, with an interest in Barcelona left-back Lucas Digne, more of the 33-strong squad will have to be culled.