It has been another summer upheaval for Watford as Javi Gracia makes his mark on the Hornets squad, already landing a number of exciting signings.
The heat at Vicarage Road could be turned up significantly over the next few days though as the club could be set for a significant windfall from a major sale, which would then hand Gracia a vast sum of money to spend in the market.
After an inconsistent season, Watford are searching for stability in the 2018-19 campaign and new additions will aid that quest. With plenty of speculation floating around, we have identified five deals that could be completed this week.
Sergio Rico – Sevilla
The Hornets have already landed Ben Foster from recently relegated West Brom but another goalkeeping addition could be made at Vicarage Road, as the Watford Observer understands Sergio Rico will leave Sevilla.
24-year-old Rico has been widely linked with a move to the Premier League, where the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal have previously been attributed with interest in his services, meaning Watford could face stern competition in the market.
With Heurelho Gomes likely to leave, there is room for a new goalkeeper but Sport Witness has cited the print edition of Marca as stating Rico has rejected a move to Watford due to their wage offer.
Richarlison to Everton
The sale that could finance a massive overhaul of Watford’s squad, Richarlison is widely reported to be edging towards a mammoth £50m switch to Everton to rejoin former Hornets boss Marco Silva at Goodison Park.
BBC Sport reports state a deal is very close to completion and the fee will easily eclipse the most expensive departure in Watford history – the £20.97 million the Hornets received for Odion Ighalo in January 2017.
With Richarlison’s last goal in the Premier League coming in November and his last assist occurring a month later, Watford will be delighted with the fee they are earning for a player The Guardian says cost them £11.5m last year.
Marvin Plattenhardt – Hertha Berlin
The Sun claims a bidding war within the Premier League is set to emerge after Hertha Berlin elected to put full-back Marvin Plattenhardt up for sale, naming Watford as one of the clubs keen on the services of the Germany international – who would cost around £12 million.
Leicester, Everton, Fulham, Huddersfield and Bournemouth are all in the hunt for the seven-cap left-back but Watford could steal a march on their rivals in the hunt for the 26-year-old once a sale of Richarlison is complete.
“Marvin has stepped onto a bigger stage at the World Cup, and attracted new attention. If he wants a change of scene, and a deal suits all parties, then we will consider it.”
Stefano Okaka to Bursaspor
After five goals in 34 appearances across two years at Vicarage Road, Watford are ready to wave goodbye to Stefano Okaka this summer and the Italy international’s most likely destination is believed to be Turkey.
Turkish outlet Olay have stated that Watford have rejected a loan offer from Bursaspor for the 28-year-old, as Javi Gracia’s side would prefer to offload the former Anderlecht and Roma man on a permanent basis this summer.
Okaka made 15 appearances for Watford last season but struggled to establish himself in the plans of Javi Gracia, with his only goal in 2017/18 coming in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Liverpool almost 12 months ago.
Jack Rodwell – Free agent
While he may not stand-out as an exciting addition that will significantly improve Watford’s first-team, Jack Rodwell is a solid candidate to provide depth in the middle of the park – especially as both Tom Cleverley and Nathaniel Chalobah are battling to return to fitness.
Sky Sports have stated that the 27-year-old free agent is on trial with Watford during their pre-season camp in Austria and he was given the chance in a 3-1 friendly victory over Fortuna Dusseldorf, although he did not really impress.
Rodwell made just two appearances in the Championship last season after being frozen out by Sunderland, as the Black Cats suffered a second consecutive relegation.