Reports are emerging this afternoon that Roberto Pereyra has told Watford he wants to stay and fight for his place at Juventus.
Watford went back in this week for the Argentine playmaker who was on the verge of joining Napoli in the summer, but reports that a deal was close appear to be premature. Several reports from Italy this afternoon claim the 25-year-old is not sweet on the £7.8m move to the Premier League.
Convincing a player to swap Turin for Watford was always going to be a tough ask for the Hornets, particularly as he’s been involved in their pre-season games and when his countryman Gonzalo Higuain has just joined Juve.
Watford were also knocked back in another raid on Serie A this summer, Juan Jesus opting to join Roma from Inter Milan. Watford, however, are clearly setting the bar high when it comes to upgrading the current squad, although Gino Pozzo is renowned for driven the hardest of bargains.
We were told last night by one source that the Hornets are in fact in for three attacking midfielders – Pereyra, Sofian Boufal and another unnamed target – and that all three deals were at an advanced stage. This approach helps avoid the pitfall of putting all their eggs in one basket and having to start from scratch if, as looks the case with Pereyra, a player turns down the move when the deal is a fair way down the track.