Watford are reportedly close to completing the signing of Sporting Lisbon winger Jovane Cabral, who could prove to be a superb addition to Xisco Munoz’s side ahead of next season.
According to Italian news outlet Tutto Mercato Web (via Sport Witness), the Cape Verde international is very close to sealing a switch to Vicarage Road following the Hornets’ promotion back to the top-flight.
Whilst no fee is mentioned in the report, the 23-year-old is currently valued at £7.2m by Transfermarkt and has two years left on his contract with the recently-crowned Portuguese champions, which suggests that he won’t have come cheap.
Cabral was something of a bit-part player at Sporting Lisbon last season but he was very impressive when he was given opportunities to feature in the Portuguese top-flight, as he managed five goals and four assists in 24 appearances, of which just six were starts for Rúben Amorim’s side.
This helped him average a solid 6.72 rating from WhoScored for his performances, although he emphasised his quality in the final game of the campaign on a rare start, as he contributed two assists in a 5-1 thrashing of Maritimo, which helped him earn a superb 8.81 rating from WhoScored.
Given that Munoz is relatively short of options on the wing in his squad other than star man Ismaila Sarr and newly-signed teenager Kwadwo Baah ahead of next season, you could definitely argue that this is a position where the Spaniard needs to strengthen ahead of the Premier League’s kick-off in August, so Cabral could prove to be an excellent addition.
WhoScored suggests that the young winger excels at through balls, dribbling and finishing, so he may well excel in the counter-attacking football Munoz may be forced to deploy next season should the Hornets avoid immediate relegation back to the Championship.
Therefore, Watford fans will surely be delighted with the reported news that Cabral is close to joining, as he looks to be a very exciting prospect and at 23, he still has plenty of time to improve and establish himself as a threat in the Premier League.
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