July 24 (Reuters) - Everton have signed Brazilian forward Richarlison from Watford on a five-year deal, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.
The financial terms were not disclosed but British media said Everton paid about 40 million pounds ($52.56 million) for the 21-year-old who has been reunited with manager Marco Silva.
“I think it is going to be important for me here to be with Marco Silva again," Richarlison told evertontv here. "...I am still learning as a player and I aim to develop and grow here."
Silva had signed Richarlison from Fluminense in August last year when he was in charge at Vicarage Road after the player impressed for Brazil at the Under-20 World Cup.
“I developed really well with him (Silva) while he was with me at Watford... and one day I believe he can help me to be selected for Brazil in the full national team.
“But that is for the future and my present is here with Everton. I want my dreams to become a reality here at one of the biggest clubs in England.”
Richarlison scored five goals for Watford in his first 12 league matches but has not found the net since November.
He becomes Everton’s first signing since Portuguese coach Silva succeeded the sacked Sam Allardyce in May.
The club’s most expensive player is Gylfi Sigurdsson who cost 45 million pounds from Swansea City almost a year ago.
Everton, who finished eighth last season, kick off the new campaign at promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers on Aug. 11.
$1 = 0.7610 pounds Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris