Xisco Munoz’s Watford side are one of a number of clubs interested in a move for Ilias Chair this summer.
That’s according to a report by The Athletic, who claim that there is significant interest from the Hornets in the Queens Park Rangers midfielder, although an offer is not being prepared just yet.
It is also reported that there is also a great deal of interest in the £3.6 million-rated 23-year-old from the continent, with Anderlecht, Club Brugge, Bologna and Genoa all keeping a close eye on Chair ahead of the summer transfer window.
So far this season, Chair has been one of the stars of QPR’s campaign, with the Morocco U23 international scoring eight goals, registering four assists and creating seven big chances, as well as making an average of 1.6 key passes and taking 1.9 shots per game over his 45 Championship fixtures, culminating in an average SofaScore match rating of 7.04 – ranking him as Mark Warburton’s joint fourth-best performer in the second tier.
This return of 12 direct involvements in goals of the £7,100-per-week star betters all but Ismaila Sarr’s return of goals and assists for Watford in the Championship this season, something which is highly impressive when considering the rather significant gap in talent between the long-term Championship side QPR and the recent Premier League side Watford’s respective squads.
Indeed, when comparing Chair’s average match rating with the Hornets’ players, the 23-year-old would rank as the club’s joint sixth-best player in the league this season.
As such, it would be highly advisable for Cristiano Giaretta to turn Watford’s reported interest into a concrete offer for Chair, as the midfielder – whom Ryan Dilks dubbed a “quality” player – has proven that he is well up there in terms of the output of the current Watford side, as well as, when considering his tender age, still having a lot more improving to do in his professional career.
And, this move should happen sooner rather than later, or else Watford risk losing out on the QPR star to one of the other interested parties, of which there is a great deal.