After Watford brought in Peter Etebo and Imran Louza, it appeared as if their midfield shuffling could be completed. With the futures of Nathaniel Chalobah and Will Hughes growing uncertain, however, the Hornets continued to search for reinforcements. Now, they are bringing in Juraj Kucka to bolster their ranks while also weighing up a loan move for West Bromwich Albion’s Matheus Pereira.
Watford Complete Swift Juraj Kucka Deal and Eye Matheus Pereira Loan
Watford Sign Juraj Kucka
According to Fabrizio Romano, Watford have completed the signing of Kucka from Parma. The 34-year-old long-serving Slovakia international was entering the last year of his contract for Parma, thus meaning Watford were likely able to sign him at a cut-rate price.
The former AC Milan player can play anywhere in the midfield, providing defensive soundness when needed but not shy at testing his luck, having scored 56 career goals. Last season, he plied his trade in the more advanced midfield roles, scoring seven goals in 28 Serie A appearances. He is also versatile, lining up as both a right and left winger on multiple occasions last campaign. He also played every minute of Slovakia’s Euro 2020 campaign.
In 2011, he signed for Genoa for £3.6 million from Sparta Prague. He moved to AC Milan four years later for the same fee. Two years later, he moved to Trabzonspor for £4.5 million. He joined Parma in the January of 2019 for nearly £6 million.
Hornets Target Matheus Pereira Move
The deal for Kucka might spell the end of Watford’s interest in this potential transfer. However, the Daily Mail reported Watford were targeting a loan deal for the West Brom star. He has expressed his desire to leave the Baggies via Twitter, and offers are already on the table for his services.
The talented 25-year-old attacker scored 11 goals and provided six assists in 33 appearances last campaign. A permanent deal could cost the Hornets’ upwards of £25 million, so they would likely not be willing to pay all of that in this transfer window, especially considering the arrival of Kucka.