Confirmation from the Pozzo family that they are likely to sell Granada will end any lingering doubt over where Adalberto Penaranda will play his football next season.
Giampaolo Pozzo, the father of Watford owner Gino, said in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport published today that the family are in discussions with a Chinese consortium to sell the La Liga club they have owned since 2009. The value of the club is likely to have increased after they pulled off another act of escapology to retain their La Liga status, surviving by a solitary link. The Pozzo family now seem poised to relinquish their stake in the club so it can be taken to the next level and become a force in Spain, leaving the Pozzos to focus on running Udinese and Watford.
“We can no longer suffer,” Giampaolo Pozzo told Gazzetta dello Sport. “Granada must become like the Sevilla, and we can’t do it. The possibility exists that if purchased by the Chinese there are guarantees this can happen.”
There had been a fear, following crudely translated quotes attributed to Penaranda, that the Venezuelan would remain on loan at Granada next season, but the Pozzos will not leave an asset, one they believe could one day be worth as much as £50m, on loan at a club they do not own. Providing he secures a work permit, the plan remains for Penaranda, 18, to report for pre-season training with the Hornets and stake a claim for a place in the Premier League squad. Penaranda won his first senior cap for Venezuela last month and scored five goals and notched up three assists in 21 games this season for Granada.
Abdoulaye Doucoure, signed from Rennes in January and then loaned to Granada, is guaranteed to be at Watford next season and he is already excited by the prospect.
As we exclusively reported in February, a deal has also been agreed to sign Nigerian powerhouse forward Isaac Success from Granada and, again, subject to a work permit, he is set to be named in Watford’s Premier League squad, although his initial involvement could be delayed by his likely involvement in Nigeria’s Olympic squad.