CHELSEA are the prime contenders to snap up Watford star Roberto Pereyra this summer – according to the Hornets’ own technical director.
High-flying Watford are known for a high turnover of managers but it appears they are planning on significant movement among their playing staff once the season is over.
Filippo Giraldi named the Blues as a potential destination for Pereyra when asked if the Argentine could potentially reunite with favourite coach Walter Mazzarri at Torino.
Speaking on Naples station Radio Kiss Kiss, the technical director said: “I do not like to comment on transfer market speculation.
“In football, nothing is impossible, but I think [a move to Torino] is a highly unlikely scenario because for us he is a very important player.
“I think he can go to a great team, and I say that with all due respect to Torino.
“I see him as a potential Chelsea player.
“He played at Juventus, but he lacked consistency. With us he has excellent statistics and I can see him playing in a great team.
Chelsea are interested but Watford have postponed everything until June.
Pereyra's agent, speaking in January
“We will do everything we can to keep him, otherwise he will go to a big team.”
Argentine coach Mazzarri was the one who brought Pereyra to Vicarage Road in 2016, following an average spell with Juventus.
But his Torino side’s spending power is unlikely to satisfy Watford, whereas any hope of a big bid from Chelsea rests on their FIFA transfer ban appeal.
The West London club are currently contesting their two-window ban on registering new players, with the hope a Court of Arbitration for Sport case could suspend it coming into effect for a few months.
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Notching six league goals en route to Watford currently sitting seventh in the table and the FA Cup final, 28-year-old Pereyra was also linked to Chelsea in January.
The midfielder’s agent Sergio Furlan told Tuttosport at the time: “Chelsea are interested but Watford have postponed everything until June.
“In the market you can never say never.”