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Roberto Pereyra waits on work permit to complete Watford deal

The club-record transfer of Roberto Pererya will not be officially ratified until next week because that is the earliest his work permit application can be heard.

Pereyra, 25, is in England after the club agreed a fee rising to £13m with Juventus and then personal terms with the player, who will sign a five-year deal at Vicarage Road. However, the move is still subject to the Football Association’s new work-permit regulations.

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Pereyra should obtain a work permit with ease – the delay is thought to be just down to the backlog of transfer during this hectic period – but it means he will not be registered in time to play against Gillingham on Tuesday night. He is expected to be at Vicarage Road tomorrow for the game against Chelsea.

Pereyra ticks one of the work-permit boxes as he’s from a country ranked in the top ten of Fifa’s rankings and although he hasn’t played in 30 per cent of their games over the previous 24 months, he will, like Isaac Success, fulfil salary and transfer-fee criteria, earning him sufficient points in the tier system.

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