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Silva defends fee Everton paid for Richarlison

Everton manager Marco Silva has defended the club's transfer business after criticism they overpaid for Brazilian winger Richarlison. Photo: PA

Everton manager Marco Silva has defended the club's transfer business after criticism they overpaid for Brazilian winger Richarlison.

Silva returned to former club Watford to make the 21-year-old his first signing in a £40million deal in late July.

That drew some scrutiny as the player scored just five times in 41 appearances in his one season at Vicarage Road and did not find the net after late November.

But Silva said there were similar noises a year ago when Everton spent £30m on a then 23-year-old Jordan Pickford - who subsequently went on to become England's first-choice goalkeeper at the World Cup.

"I can speak to you about what happened one year ago when we took Jordan Pickford and everyone was talking about it at that moment," said the Portuguese ahead of the trip to Premier League newcomers Wolves.

"Now no one is talking about his value. The value the club paid to take him here is normal in football. The market now is really difficult.

"If the player will perform well and do the best to achieve our goals at the end no one will speak about the price."