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Premier League manager concedes he may be unable to stop star sealing Chelsea transfer

Watford manager Marco Silva has hinted he is ‘realistic’ about his prospects of keeping hold of players like Richarlison, who has been linked with a transfer to Chelsea or Tottenham.

According to the Sun, Silva has some fears over the Brazilian youngster’s future, following his superb start to life in English football this season.

The 20-year-old has five goals and three assists for the Hornets so far, and has shone in a variety of attacking midfield roles, both centrally and out wide.

Chelsea could possibly do with more depth in their ranks after failing to look as strong as last season, while Tottenham could also do with some fresh blood after seeing their title challenge slip away recently.

If both clubs do intend to move for Richarlison, it seems the player could move on with Silva’s blessing.

‘For us to improve as a club we need to sign players with ambition,’ the manager is quoted in the Sun.

‘I want everyone in the club to work hard and if they achieve something else in their careers, then that’s normal. I’m realistic

‘While they are at Watford they need to give 100 per cent.

‘To do well in their careers is fantastic for us as a club and also for the player.’

The Daily Telegraph recently claimed Chelsea were looking into making three signings this January, and though Richarlison was not mentioned as a specific target, he could fill in either up front or as a wing-back in Antonio Conte’s system.

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