Watford and Fluminense have been handling some complicated deals in the past few months.
Full of debt, the Brazilian side are struggling to even receive the money that arrives to the club, as transfer amounts are all destined to clear financial backlog.
That was the case of the part they had in Richarlison’s move from Watford to Everton this year. Fluminense negotiated with the Pozzo family so instead of getting their percentage, they would settle the debt they had with Udinese for the transfer of Marquinhos.
Reports from Brazil at the time said that Giampaolo Pozzo, who also owns Udinese, wanted this issue settled before making any new negotiation with Flu.
The issue had been resolved, and that’s why the clubs agreed a deal for the Brazilian youngster João Pedro for an undisclosed fee.
But now local outlet O Globo reveals two things about all this new case. One of them is that Fluminense still didn’t pay the company who negotiated Marquinho’s transfer from Udinese, and the court blocked the money from Gustavo Scarpa’s transfer to Palmeiras, forcing Flu to pay the agents.
Now back to Watford, João Pedro’s transfer amount hadn’t been revealed, even by newspapers, which is quite uncommon in Brazil. O Globo says one of the reasons it happened is because Fluminense are afraid that the courts may block that amount as well.
In case the Hornets are aware of all this situation, it may even be having an impact in the arguments they are using when negotiating with the Brazilian side, since they would know how desperate Fluminense are money.