Watford are set to boost their attacking options ahead of the new season after agreeing a deal to sign Brazilian forward Richarlison, according to Sky Sports.

The Hornets are set to pay a £13 million fee to Fluminense for the youngster, who will now undergo a medical at Vicarage Road ahead of penning a five-year contract.

Watford were one of the lowest scorers in the top flight last season with just 40 goals. Only four sides scored fewer than that and three of them were relegated. Burnley are the only side still in the Premier League who failed to match the tally of the Londoners.

Marco Silva has clearly identified that issue and has already brought in some creative footballers to provide ammunition to the Hornets’ strikers and now looks set to add to his forward line in a bid to get those extra chances converted.

Richarlison has already been capped by the Brazil under-20 side and was said to be on Chelsea’s radar but Watford have moved in to sign him. He will join the likes of Tom Cleverley, Will Hughes and Kiko Femenia who have already joined this summer.

The attacker can play through the middle or on both sides so he will provide good versatility for Silva’s team which will have been a key attraction.

He played 14 times for his Brazilian club last season where he scored five times and will look to build on that record at Vicarage Road where his career has the potential to flourish under a manager who plays an attacking brand of football.

Any move will be subject to the 20-year-old passing a medical and securing a work permit but if there are no complications then the highly-rated youngster should be in through the Vicarage Road entrance soon.

Silva will hope the deal is finalised as quickly as possible so that his new recruit has time to settle in before Watford begin their Premier League campaign at home to Liverpool on August 12.


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