The site Football Leaks has confirmed that Watford received a £500,000 loan fee for Miguel Layun and that Porto will have to pay €6m to sign the player in the summer.
We reported in December the details of the deal which took the Mexican to Portugal in August but Football Leaks say the payment plan will be €3m in June and €3m in June next year. Furthermore, Watford have, they say, negotiated a 20 per cent sell on fee if the player is sold on by Porto for more than €6.5m.
WD Sport spoke to Layun after the Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge in December and he is loving life in Porto. “I am very happy at Porto and am trying to do my best,” he told us. “I’m trying to reach the goals we have with my team now – and I’m excited Watford are doing very well.”
The utility player is enjoying the experience of living with his young family in warmer climes and it helps that three of his countryman, Hector Herrera, Jesus Manuel Corona, Raul Gudino, are playing their football at Estadio do Dragao. The likelihood is that Porto will activate the buy-out clause when the loan ends on June 1, especially after Layun took his assist tally to a remarkable 15 for the season yesterday, setting up a goal for Vincent Aboubakar in a shock 2-1 home defeat to Arouca.
Layun remains in touch with a number of the Watford squad from last season, including Rene Gilmartin.
“It is a very good club,” he said in interview with the website www.elrincondepreferencia.wordpress.com. “As an institution is growing more and more. You get everything you need for the player to have a good performance. You have the unconditional support of the fans. The English live in a different way. It is very dedicated, demanding and respectful . Perhaps it is a strange combination, but I was pleasantly surprised. The town is very pretty. For me personally, Europe has allowed me to have a great quality of life and was so Watford . If you add to all this the club had very positive things that are competitive leagues, it was a great treat to be there.”