During Walter Mazzarri’s first transfer window at Watford, he signed Roberto Pereyra from Juventus.
Mazzarri is now at Torino and last summer, the Serie A outfit tried to secure the 28-year-old’s services, but were unsuccessful.
They even tried to make an approach for the midfielder in January, but the English side’s financial demands were deemed too ‘excessive’ for the Turin club to complete the transfer, according to Calciomercato.
It was further explained that Torino have started their preparations to sign the Argentine after the end of this season… but it’s now been suggested that Chelsea could be a better destination.
The Premier League club’s technical director Filippo Giraldi was the interviewed by Radio Kiss Kiss ahead of Arsenal’s (Watford’s previous league opponent) Europa League tie against Napoli.
During the course of the interview, the Watford chief was asked to provide an update on his side’s plans for the South American.
“I say this with sincerity; I don’t like to comment on market rumours. In football, nothing is impossible, but I see it as a highly unlikely situation, for us he is a very important player,” Giraldi was quoted as saying by TorinoGranata.it.
“I think he can go to a great team, I say it with all due respect to Torino. I see him as a potential Chelsea player.”
“He played at Juventus, but he lacked continuity. With us he has excellent numbers, I see him in a great team. We will do everything to keep him, otherwise he will go to a big one.”
Whether or not Torino will be able to convince Pereyra to join them over another big club is to be seen. And Chelsea have been given something to consider.