Watford face a stern test next season to battle to a top-half finish in the Premier League and Javi Gracia’s side are eying further transfer deals.
The Hornets earned a major sum in the market following the sale of Richarlison to Everton and have invested those funds to bring Gerard Deulofeu, Adam Masina, Ken Sema, Marc Navarro, Ben Wilmot and Ben Foster to Vicarage Road.
However, there is still money to spend and a number of signings could be made before Thursday evening’s transfer deadline and there is also the chance of departures. Here, we have identified four deals that could be completed.
Daryl Janmaat to Feyenoord
Dutch defender Daryl Janmaat could be on his way out of Watford to return to familiar surroundings, with his former employers Feyenoord eyeing a deal for the 29-year-old who left the Eredivisie side in 2014 to join Newcastle United.
While the latest reports cited by InsideFutbol indicate that Feyenoord have been priced out of a move for the experienced full-back, the Dutch side can find encouragement in the fact they have until the end of August to negotiate a deal.
Janmaat featured 23 times in the Premier League for Watford last year, scoring three goals.
Marvin Plattenhardt: Hertha Berlin
Defensive rejuvenation could be on the cards for Watford in the final few days of the transfer window, as Javi Gracia is reportedly still keen on the services of highly-coveted Hertha Berlin full-back Marvin Plattenhardt.
German outlet Bild states Watford, Leicester, Fulham and Bournemouth remain in the running for the 26-year-old Germany international, with Everton and Huddersfield Town both ending their interest in the experienced defender.
Hertha value the defender at around €25m, a price that may need to be reduced if a deal is to be completed.
Troy Deeney to Burnley
The final few days of the summer transfer window could see Watford face a scrap to keep hold of captain Troy Deeney, who has emerged as a top target for Burnley – with ESPN stating the Clarets have offered a remarkable five-year deal to the 30-year-old.
Sean Dyche’s side have reportedly seen an approach of £9m turned down by the Hornets for the forward, with Javi Gracia quoted by Football.London as wanting the club’s all-time top scorer to remain at Vicarage Road.
“Yeah, for sure [I want him to stay]. I think all of the players are important, and for sure, Troy is one of them.”
Paco Alcacer: Barcelona
A deal that could potentially soften Watford’s stance on the future of captain Troy Deeney is the Hornets pursuit of Barcelona forward Paco Alcacer, who has endured a difficult time with the LaLiga champions since joining from Valencia in 2016.
Spanish outlet Sport states Watford are in discussions to sign the 24-year-old on a two-year loan deal, with a switch then making Alcacer’s move to the Premier League permanent at the end of his initial deal with the Hornets.
However, Alcacer is yet to make a decision on a switch after previously holding out for a return to Valencia.