Watford Look To The Future With Signing Of Brazilian Starlet

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Watford took a long-term view and agreed on a deal for Fluminense striker Joao Pedro, according to football.london.

The move isn’t quite as straightforward as it seems, however. Pedro is 16-years-old so cannot legally transfer to the Hertfordshire club until 2020 when he is 18. By then, the Premier League outfit hope he will be on the fringes of the Brazil national team, making his application for a British work permit all the more likely to be successful.

It can’t come soon enough for the Hornets. Joao Pedro already hit 25 goals in 2018 and while they are currently flying high in the Premier League, they have a history of struggling to score in the second half of the season.

He will follow in the footsteps of Richarlison, then 20, who moved to Vicarage Road from the Rio de Janeiro-based club in 2017 for a fee of around £11.5m.

Last summer saw him move to Goodison Park for £50m in a deal which is sure to impact on the sum paid for the latest starlet to emerge in Brazilian football. The is as yet undisclosed but sure to include sell-on clauses after the Hornets success with Richarlison.