Watford’s desire for more centre-forwards ahead of their Premier League return is well-documented. Even with Joao Pedro extending his Vicarage Road contract until 2027, the Hornets know more goalscoring firepower is needed to preserve their top-flight status. And now, one of their targets, highly-rated Rafael Santos Borre, is on his way to England: Watford could very well be his destination.
Rafael Santos Borre is Set for English Transfer
River Plate Star is Heading to the Premier League
According to Hernan Castillo of TNT Sports Argentina and other sources, Borre already has an agreement to sign with an English club. The identity of the club remains unclear, although it is said to not be one of the “bigger clubs” in the league.
Alan Nixon of The Sun has already reported that Watford and Borre were in contract talks. Considering Borre would arrive on a free transfer as his River Plate contract expires at the end of June, he is an affordable, talented option for Watford to pursue as their Premier League first-choice striker.
The club he reportedly signed for is not necessarily Watford, but considering the recent links to Vicarage Road and this new development, the Hornets must be considered one of the favourites for his signature. The report from Argentina also mentions interest from Brighton & Hove Albion.
Rafael Santos Borre Deserves This English Top-Flight Move
The former Atletico Madrid striker is ready for a move to the Premier League. The Colombian scored eight goals and provided two assists in 17 appearances so far this season for River Plate.
For the Argentinian giants in the 2019/20 campaign, in 42 appearances, he scored 22 goals and assisted five more. He had 20 goal contributions the season before that and 15 goal contributions in the 2017/18 season (his first year in South America following his move from Spain). Averaging one goal contribution per 112 minutes since the start of the 2019/20 season, there is no wonder why his release clause in previous seasons was around £26 million.
No matter which Premier League side is set to secure his services, they have completed shrewd business for a talented talisman.