Hamburg are looking increasingly likely to suffer the first relegation in their history, and that means a likely player clear out, report Bild.
The German newspaper have gone through a list of players and stated their chances of remaining with Hamburg should the relegation be confirmed.
For defensive midfielder Walace, that chance is put at just 1%, making a transfer very likely indeed.
This presents a chance for Watford to gamble on the Brazilian, a player they’ve previously had reported interest in.
During the January 2017 transfer window, Watford were one of a number of clubs linked with taking Walace from Gremio, only for HSV to then get a deal done.
A year ago the player’s agent Rogerio Braun spoke to Sport Witness about English interest and why clubs hadn’t gone through with a deal in the previous January window: “The point was that the teams had doubts about Walace’s capacity to adapt.
“The expectation was that he would play in four, five months. That is, the following season. Perhaps the clubs that had interest, Watford, Leicester, Everton, Lazio… they had doubts if he could play immediately”.
“Hamburg, because of the necessities, and of course, having the financial means to do so, ended up making the decision. And the fact is that Walace is now a starter for Hamburg in less than a month of activity.”
Given Walace now has some European experience under his belt, Watford could be minded to give him a chance, especially with Bild believing he would be available for around €7m.
Richarlison proving to be a good signing could be another prompt for Watford to consider his fellow Brazilian again.