At Watford, plans for the 2015-16 season in the Premier League appear to be moving along nicely, following the arrival of Quique Sanchez Flores as manager. At Spanish counterparts in the Pozzo family, Granada, things have been moving at somewhat of a slower pace.
Gino Pozzo and Granada president Quique Pina have been locked in talks over the last couple of weeks, deciding which directions to take planning for the 2015-16 campaign in La Liga. There were also rumours of a takeover bid from a Qatari consortium, which were roundly dismissed by the club.
Now it appears things are at last moving forward with squad planning at Nuevo Los Carmenes, according to local news outlet Ideal Granada, with the club finally set to confirm the appointment of Jose Ramon Sandoval as manager next week, after he miraculously saved the Rojiblancos from almost certain relegation last season.
As such, attention turns squarely towards assembling the Granada playing squad, with sporting director Juan Carlos Cordero already working hard on many fronts, negotiating various potential deals with players, agents, and clubs.
Amongst the first possible signings to be revealed, is a loan move for Mexican international striker Raul Jimenez, who joined Atletico Madrid last summer for around €11 million, but has struggled to make an impact at the Vicente Calderon.
Playing options at Atletico are likely to be very limited for Jimenez, with the arrival of Luciano Vietto from Villarreal already confirmed, whilst reports from Marca claim a deal has also been struck for FC Porto star, Jackson Martinez.
Granada are expected to be very busy in the summer transfer market, with a need to make around ten additions to their squad, though whether any players from Watford will feature, or fellow Pozzo family owned club Udinese, remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, a boost to the coffers at Granada to the tune of €1 million has been received, after striker Alfredo Ortuño won promotion to La Liga via the play-off finals, with Las Palmas. The Canary Islands club loaned the 24-year-old in the January transfer, in a deal which included purchase clause if they won promotion, which has now been automatically activated.
As such, Las Palmas will now pay the €1 million fee in two instalments. A very healthy profit for Granada, considering they paid just €30,000 for the player, when he originally signed from La Hoya Lorca in January 2013.