Reports in Italy are saying that Swansea City have joined Watford in the race to sign Juventus midfielder Roberto Pereyra
Reports in Italy are saying that Swansea City have joined Watford in the race to sign Juventus’ Argentinian midfielder Roberto Pereyra – a player that Guidolin worked with at Udinese.
The 25 year-old is an attacking midfielder who can also play on the right side of midfield. He joined Udinese when Guidolin was manager in 2011, for a then fee of £1.5m. Udinese made a profit of £9m when he was later sold to Juventus.
Pereyra spent three years at Udinese, leaving along with Guidolin in 2014.
But his recent spell hasn’t been as great a success, having made only 13 League appearances in Serie A in 2015/16 – although that was mostly down to injury – but it looks like he’s interested in a move to gain regular first team football.
He only made 11 appearances in his first year at Udinese, but the following season he was a regular starter – playing in a number of difference positions in midfield and as a centre forward.
Not a regular goalscorer, but Pereyra is a versatile midfielder, well known for being a dynamic and energetic player with excellent work-rate and technique. He looks like the sort of player that could re-discover his form playing regular football under a manager he’s very familiar with. He’s also an excellent ball carrier – something that the Swans have been missing in recent seasons in the Premier League.
Watford and West Ham are also reportedly interested, and there are suggestions that Juventus could demand a fee of up to 18million euros – roughly £14m.
Swansea are always linked with numerous players during the Summer transfer window – some we ignore, but this one is a possibility as the player has already worked with Guidolin. He’s definitely the sort of player we need in the side – one who’s versatile with plenty of attributes. But the question remains – can they compete with Watford and West Ham, and will the club be prepared to meet the asking price?