Watford's World Cup target wanted by Juventus

Juan Carlos Paredes had reportedly agreed a deal to join Watford, although Juventus are now tracking his availability.

The Ecuadorian full-back played in all three of his countries games at the World Cup, impressing highly with his pace and attacking mindset from the right-back position.

Despite his reputation increasing as the tournament progressed, Championship club Watford were confident on securing his signature prior to the start of the tournament.

A transfer to Vicarage Road has been in the works for over a month, and, following Amarillos departure from the World Cup, it was reported that a deal had been agreed between the Hornets and Paredes's current club Barcelona Sporting Club.

It was announced that Paredes had failed to turn up to training with the Ecuadorian club in an attempt to force a move to England, and that he was set to join La Liga side Granada, instantly joining up with Watford on loan.

However, interest in the 27-year old has only increased following his performances of the world stage, and calciomercato.it are reporting that Italian champions Juventus are now keen on signing the defender.

Watford fans will be hopeful that, as has been announced, the deal has been agreed for Paredes to arrive in England, with the knowledge that Juventus can offer both higher wages and a larger stature than the Hornets can. However, it is believed that the bianconeri will look to loan Paredes out to a lower Serie A or Serie B team, without confirming his future in the team.

Whilst Watford is a less romantic move for the majority of players, Paredes is all but guaranteed a starting position in the first-team - an important factor any 27-year old looking to kick-start his career in Europe.

It remains to be seen where Paredes will be playing next season, but it will do wonders for Watford's promotion hopes if one of the talents of the World Cup is expressing himself at Vicarage Road next season.

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