Thursday January 10 2019
'Toro & Chelsea like Pereyra'

Roberto Pereyra’s agent confesses Torino and Chelsea both ‘like’ the Watford midfielder but ‘almost categorically’ rules out a January transfer.

Pereyra’s good form for Watford this season has seen him linked with both clubs, and Sergio Furlan admitted the Argentine - who joined the Hornets from Juventus in 2016 - was eyeing a return to European football.

“2018 was the year of his take-off,” he told Tuttosport.

“He scored a dozen goals in a calendar year, something he’d never done before, and we’re talking about a midfielder, not a striker.

“He starts from the left and comes inside. The Coach is getting the best out of him in this position and he’s doing very well.

“Mazzarri likes him, but so does Sarri. Maxi has great esteem for Mazzarri because he’s a sincere man.

“He’s a great Coach and he knows how to get the best out of players. He moved to the Premier League after two years with Juventus thanks to Mazzarri.

“The Coach wanted him at Watford in 2016, but I can say that he already tried to sign him in 2012 when he was at Napoli.

“Did Mazzarri want him at Toro last summer? Yes, I can confirm that. There were talks, but the English team’s demands were considered excessive, I can’t deny that.

“A transfer in January? You can never say never in the market, but I tend to exclude it almost categorically.

“Chelsea also tried, but without success. To Toro in the summer? It would amaze me if the Granata didn’t try again, but we must see Maxi’s desires, Watford’s plans and the offers that will arrive.

“He wants to go back to playing in Europe, possibly in the Champions League.”