Xisco Munoz’s Watford side are considering a move to bring Rafael Santos Borre to Vicarage Road this summer.
That’s according to a report by The Sun, who claim that Watford have opened talks with the River Plate centre-forward regarding a potential summer switch, while a number of other Premier League sides are also believed to be monitoring the situation of the 25-year-old, whose contract in Argentina expires in June.
This would mean that the £13.5 million-rated hitman would be available on a free transfer, making a deal extremely attractive for Watford from a financial perspective.
Having left Atletico Madrid for River Plate in what was a £3.15 million deal back in 2017, Borre has highly impressed over his time in Argentina, scoring 54 goals and providing 18 assists over his 142 appearances for the club, with his total haul of 10 goals and four assists in the club’s 2017/18 campaign helping his side to win the Copa Libertadores.
This season, the £11,000-per week star has already bagged eight goals and registered one assist over his 13 fixtures in the Primera Division, as well as averaging a SofaScore match rating of 7.08 – ranking him as River Plate’s joint eighth-best performer in the Argentinian top flight.
It would also appear that the signing of a centre-forward is something of a priority for Watford this summer, as in the club’s 2020/21 Championship campaign, aside from Ismaila Sarr, no other player scored more than 10 league goals – with Joao Pedro bagging nine, Troy Deeney scoring seven and Andre Gray netting five.
As such, Cristiano Giaretta simply must sanction a move for Borre this summer, as not only would a move for the striker – whom Javier Saviol claimed is currently “among the best” forwards playing the game – dramatically improve Xisco’s attacking arsenal ahead of the club’s Premier League campaign, it would also be a deal that is extremely low risk for the Hornets financially, as the 25-year-old currently takes home a rather modest weekly wage at River, in addition to being available on a free transfer.