Richarlison fee above market value, Everton director of football admits

Ruben Hill
August 18, 2018

Everton's director of football Marcel Brands has admitted that the lingering ill-feeling towards the club from Watford ensured that the £40 million fee paid for Richarlison was higher than his market value.

After an exhaustive and incredibly frustrating search for a new manager, the Everton eventually selected Big Sam as the permanent replacement for Ronald Koeman last November.

His failure to impress throughout the entire season led many to question the fee paid by Everton for the 21-year-old who scored twice on his Everton debut on Saturday.

"We thought it would be a very hard one because of the history of the clubs", Brands told reporters of Everton's attempt to sign Richarlison. "We were convinced with him but I think with the situation with Watford we had to pay a little more".

"No, no, it was really simple behind the scenes", Brands said when asked about that aspect of the deal.

"But I never spoke to him - it was insane!" Then they said: 'OK, we will wait until the end of the market'. That was a bit of a gamble because everyone was writing about Man United [wanting Mina] and Barcelona used that, agents used that, everyone used it.

"In the end I knew I was leaving about two months before I left!"

Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is relishing playing under manager Marco Silva and says the Portuguese's attention to detail and clear communication helps the team flourish. "I was confident things would get done but the days before were a bit stressful!"

"I can tell you Mina is not available for the match".

Kurt Zouma also joined on a season-long loan from Premier League rivals Chelsea, and all four players will have the chance to showcase their talents when Everton take on Southampton at Goodison Park this weekend.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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