Five facts about Watford-linked Juventus star Roberto Pereyra

Juventus' Roberto Pereyra celebrates scoring their first goal

Watford are close to signing Juventus midfielder Robero Pereyra after agreeing a potential £13m fee, but who is this man that Watford are chasing down?

With only two weeks left in the window, Watford manager Walter Mazzarri is still looking to improve his squad, so could Roberto Pereyra be his newest recruit?

We round up five facts about the Juventus man being linked by the likes of the Guardian with a £13 million move to Vicarage Road.

1. Pereyra is an attacking midfielder but can also play wide on the left
A creative and versatile midfielder who can play across the midfield. Pereyra is a quick, dynamic, hard-working player, who can play with both feet. He also has good stamina, vision and technical ability.

2. His professional career started at the age of 18 in his native Argentina at River Plate
In 2009, he was handed his debut in the Argentine Primera Division against Huracan.

Roberto Pereyra - Juventus

3. Represented his country Argentina gaining 10 caps
He was handed his debut for the national side in late 2014 in a 2-0 friendly defeat to Brazil with former Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino calling him up. During his spell in the national team Pereyra was part of the squad that reached the 2015 Copa America Final. 

4. Watford owners, the Pozzo family know the player well after his spell in Italy with Udinese
Pereyra spent three seasons at the club, but Juve came calling for an initial loan move and his stay turned permanent in 2015 when he was signed a contract at the club until 2019. 

5. Pereyra has struggled to recapture his best form since signing permanently for Juve
His first season at the club saw the midfielder make 35 appearances, scoring four times. However, last season saw the Argentine struggle for form only featuring 13 times and not completing a single full 90 minutes. 

Mazzarri stated last week, as quoted by the Guardian, that the board are willing to back him in signing another two or three new players, and it seems as though Argentine Pereyra could be the first.

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