Portugal’s O Jogo believe Andre Carrillo is on the verge of signing for Watford.
The Portuguese press have linked Carrillo with a move to Watford for weeks, maybe months, and it’s been something Benfica want to push.
Carrillo arrived at Benfica with great fanfare, on a free transfer from the club’s bitter rivals Sporting. There was huge controversy, Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho was furious and said some rather silly, and completely untrue, things about Carrillo playing street football in Peru before being discovered by Sporting.
Benfica handed out a big signing bonus and big wages to Carrillo, but the move hasn’t worked out and a loan exit seems the best idea for everyone. Watford have been pinpointed for some time, because of Marco Silva’s time at Sporting.
The Watford manager and Carrillo already have something in common, they’ve both spent time at Sporting, and both fallen out with Bruno de Carvalho. To be fair, that isn’t exactly a very limited club.
O Jogo say Carrillo is expected in England today to have a final meeting to sort out the formailities, and then sign for Watford.
The Premier League club will pay €1m for the loan, and have a right to make the transfer permanent when it ends. There’s no fee given yet for that permanence clause, but it will surely leak eventually.