Roberto Pereyra has addressed the transfer speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea, admitting that the rumours are indeed flattering
As quoted by The Sun, Roberto Pereyra has admitted that he is thrilled by widespread rumours linking him with a big move away from Watford. The Argentinean forward is the subject of interest from Chelsea, who are in the market for reinforcements in attack.
Pereyra has managed to find a stable footing in a career that was headed nowhere in Juventus upon joining Watford in the summer of 2016. While there were initial hiccups at Vicarage Road as well, the 27-year-old has eventually gone on to establish himself as a key player for the Hornets, and seems to have raised his game up a notch this season.
In 11 Premier League outings, Pereyra has found the back of the net on five occasions. In fact, Watford haven’t lost a game in which he has scored, which underlines his importance to the Javi Gracia’s side. His stellar form has not gone unnoticed either, with Chelsea reportedly setting their sights on him, links which have flattered the player.
“Return to Italy? We talked about it but in the end I decided to keep playing here. Now I hope to keep going like I am now, with a club like Chelsea mentioned. It’s nice that you talk about a team that is so fond of me. Watford? We started well, I’m happy because I had a good run of preparation and that was what I was missing.”
Chelsea may have made a solid start to life under Maurizio Sarri. But, the Italian tactician cannot rest on his laurels as he still has some small holes to plug in his squad. Attack presents some minor problems, with the wide options being a little limited.
Eden Hazard is a bonafide superstar on the left. On the opposite flank, however, the likes of Pedro and Willian have been inconsistent, with the duo also being on the wrong side of 30. Meanwhile, Callum Hudson-Odoi is considered to be too young at the present moment by the Chelsea boss.
As a result, Chelsea have been in the market for a wide attacker, with Pereyra being a viable target. While the Argentine excels when he occupies central positions, Sarri’s system would complement that as he is known to allow his wingers the freedom to veer infield and out wide on their own discretion.
What also stands Chelsea in good stead is the fact that there has been little movement at Watford over a renewal on a deal that will end in a little over two years. That Pereyra is thrilled with the links also suggests that he might be open to a move, and it remains to be seen if the Blues are able to sign him, should they launch the offensive for him.