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Watford win race for exciting $15m Brazilian striker Richarlison

Fluminense v Corinthians - Brasileirao Series A 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 23: Richarlison (L) of Fluminense struggles for the ball with goalkeeper Cassio of Corinthians during a match between Fluminense and Corinthians as part of Brasileirao Series A 2017 at Maracana Stadium on July 23, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

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Score one for Watford.

The Vicarage Road set will reportedly pip Chelsea, AC Milan and a number of other big names to sign 20-year-old Brazilian striker Richarlison from Fluminese.

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Richarlison has 24 goals in 84 matches for the Brazilian side, and just turned 20 in May. Di Marzio reported last week that Chelsea would land the striker, but Marco Silva and Watford must have worked some magic.

The Watford Observer reports that the fee will be around $15 million for Richarlison, who has appeared 10 times and scored thrice for the Brazilian U-20 side.

President Pedro Abad said: “Richarlison will not travel to face the next opponent. The exit is confirmed, he will play in Watford. It was all set on Friday, the last game would be on Sunday [yesterday].”

We’ve seen little of Richarlison, but what we’ve seen via highlight reel is some A-plus stuff:

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