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Watford ‘close’ in deal to sign Roberto Pereyra from Juventus

Watford believe they are close to breaking their club transfer record by landing top summer transfer target Roberto Pereyra.

The Hornets have considered themselves to be out of the running to sign the Argentine on at least two occasions during their protracted chase of the Argentine, but they have been given encouragement that a deal, finally, might be on the cards. The player is surplus to requirements at Juventus, despite starting games against both Tottenham and West Ham, and the club would have sold him to Napoli had the player agreed to the move.

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Pereyra in action against West Ham

Reports in Italy suggest tomorrow is a key day in the deal to bring him to Watford, with our sources at Vicarage Road confident a deal is “very close”. Interestingly, Pereyra has been named in the team to face Quique Sanchez Flores’ Espanyol this evening. The deal for Pereyra, worth an apparent €16m, would eclipse Watford’s transfer record for the second time this summer, beating the £12.5m they paid Granada for Isaac Success. We understand the deal for Kenedy, the 20-year-old Brazilian, is not dependent on whether the club pull off the swoop for Pereyra, who the Pozzos sold to Juventus last year.