Porto have announced they have exercised their option to sign Miguel Layun on a permanent deal from Watford, although there is growing speculation the Portuguese giants will sell him straight on to Real Madrid.
Porto had the option to sign Layun by the end of the month and they have done so for a pre-agreed fee of €6m, which will be made in two instalments over the next 12 months. Watford also pocketed a £500,000 loan fee for the player in August.
“Miguel Layún will continue at FC Porto,” read a club statement. “Our club reached an agreement with the English club and Layún was already a player at Porto, will now have contract with FC Porto.”
Yet Porto may ship him on immediately for a profit to the Spanish giants who play in tonight’s Champions League final. Watford will not be completely cut out of the deal as we understand they are entitled to 20 per cent of any deal exceeding €6.5m.
“Any player would like to play in a team of the magnitude of Real Madrid,” Layun told Fox News Mexico TV. “The other day I did a series of questions and answers on a social network and commented that a player who says he does not want to be with a team of that calibre is out of his mind. I think that’s everyone’s dream from the moment you start to kick the ball. Porto is who has to decide whether to open the doors for me and listen to another proposal and give me the opportunity to go to another club.”
Layun struck up a strong bond at Vicarage Road with Rene Gilmartin, who will be sad to see him go on a permanent basis. Layun, on the other hand, will go head to head with a future Watford player next month when Mexico play Adalberto Peñaranda’s Venezuela in the Copa America.