Watford have made changes within the club after they were relegated from the Premier League last season.

The Hornets appointed Cristiano Giaretta as their new sporting director on August 26th.

CalcioNapoli24 have interviewed the Championship side’s new director, and he has given an overview of the club’s plans in the final weeks of the transfer window.

“Our goal is to go back to the Premier League. As far as the team is concerned, I must say that we immediately had an important core in our squad, among young and experienced players,” Giaretta said.  

“We will work with a group of important young players. It will be a good mix and I think it’s the key to winning the Championship.”

Embed from Getty Images

The Italian chief, however, stressed there will be changes after their drop from the top division.

“There will be some important transfers, some players are of a different level in the Championship: it is clear that after the relegation, something will have to change,” he added.

Those changes have already started to take place as the English side allowed Abdoulaye Doucouré join Everton earlier this week.

Gerard Deulofeu has been linked with a move away from Vicarage Road. Last month, the forward admitted he will “try to reach an agreement” with Watford to leave the club this summer.

Giaretta also admitted his new club could cut ties with Deulofeu before the window closes.

“There are several rumours around the boy. We are evaluating: he is ready to make a difference; his one-on-one would have given an immense contribution,” Giaretta said.

“There are important clubs on him, including in Italy, Spain and England. Napoli can also be included among those interested.”

The transfer market has been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, but Giaretta is of the belief it will have no impact on Deulofeu’s price tag.

“Deulofeu is among those players mentioned for an outright sale. He remains an important player,” he stressed.

“There is a range of top-level players who are less affected by the coronavirus pandemic, I believe Deulofeu is part of this range and his evaluation was and remains high. Strong players remain strong, lower level players may be affected more.”