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Three players Watford should target after big-money Richarlison sale

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Three players Watford should target after big-money Richarlison sale

Javi Gracia must reinvest the funds from Richarlison’s sale back into his squad.

Watford are set to earn a major injection of funds when Richarlison completes his reported switch to Everton and Javi Gracia must reinvest that cash.

The Hornets endured a turbulent season last term, excelling under the guidance of Marco Silva in the initial stages of the season before suffering a dip following his departure, winning just one of their final eight games of the season.

Watford eventually finished 14th, eight points above the relegation zone and just three points off the top half, but things could certainly have been better at Vicarage Road – and improvements are needed if the Hornets are to remain competitive in 2018-19.

The sale of Richarlison is not surprising given the money on offer from Everton but the focus must now shift on new recruits – and these three additions would be the perfect way for Watford to invest in the market.

Sergio Rico

The Watford Observer has reported that La Liga outfit Sevilla are ready to offload Sergio Rico, a target for the Hornets, although it has been stated that Javi Gracia’s side have already seen an approach rejected by the player due to the funds on offer.

Following the sale of Richarlison, Watford will be able to offer better finances to lure the highly-rated 24-year-old goalkeeper to the Premier League and he can become a star in English football, as well as providing room for profit with a sale in the future.

Previously a target for the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, Rico has the ability the take over from veteran stopper Heurelho Gomes and shine between the sticks.

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Marvin Plattenhardt – Hertha Berlin

Hertha Berlin have put Germany international Marvin Plattenhardt up for sale, as confirmed by Bild, at Watford are amongst a number of Premier League sides vying for the signature of the full-back who will cost around £20 million.

 

Everton, Fulham, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Leicester are also in the hunt for the 26-year-old, The Sun adds, but Watford could storm to the front of the queue after the sale of Richarlison as they will have the money available to match the asking price of the Bundesliga side.

With Jose Holebas now 34, the Hornets need competition on the left side of their defence and Plattenhardt would be a significant coup.

“If he wants a change of scene, and a deal suits all parties, then we will consider it.”

Hertha’s Sporting director Michael Preetz confirms a sale is possible.

Andre Schurrle – Borussia Dortmund

Richarlison may have struggled for consistency for Watford last season, last scoring in November and providing his last assist for the Hornets the following month, but his departure will leave a void to fill in the final third.

An ideal candidate can be found in the form of Borussia Dortmund’s Andre Schurrle and a deal is available as the Bundesliga side are keen to offload, with the Daily Mail stating Fulham have made an approach while both Crystal Palace and Everton have been offered his services.

The 27-year-old World Cup winner is also attracting interest from Lazio but the former Chelsea may may prefer a second chance to shine in the Premier League – and the 57-cap international winger would present a significant coup for the Hornets.

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