Despite the clause which could allow João Pedro to move somewhere else, Watford and Fluminense still have an agreement for the player to join the Hornets.
The wonderkid turns 18 in September, at a time when the transfer window will be closed. And there hasn’t been certainty if he’s making the move in January or in July 2020.
When João Pedro scored a hat-trick this week, Watford wrote a tweet saying ‘see you in January’, decreasing Fluminense’s hopes of keeping the player for a little longer.
But in a report from newspaper O Globo today, it’s claimed it’s a little unlikely the Hornets will take the teenager in the winter transfer window.
There are two main reasons why João Pedro’s staff don’t think that a January move is the most realistic option.
First, because of a work visa, which ‘isn’t easy to get’. Second, the fact that he would be joining the club in the middle of the season, not having any time to adapt.
O Globo writes that Watford would only go through the ‘bureaucracy’ of getting a work permit in case João Pedro continues to have this exceptional form, since he’s scored seven goals in his first ten games for Fluminense.
With the agreement for João Pedro’s transfer being done since December 2018, we honestly doubt that Watford wouldn’t have time enough to get his paperwork done in January 2020. But it sounds like that’s what the player’s entourage has been told.