Sevilla 'in talks' to sign left-back linked with Watford interest

Sergio Escudero has recently been touted as a potential target for Watford, but Sevilla are now reportedly making a move.

Following his arrival as manager of Watford, there has been a wealth of speculation Quique Sanchez Flores is keen to call on players he's worked with, including a trio from La Liga side Getafe.

A fortnight ago, attacking midfielder Pablo Sarabia, striker Alvaro Vazquez, and left-back Sergio Escudero, were all linked as being targets for the Spanish coach at Watford, by Madrid based newspaper AS.

On Monday, there were suggestions that Watford are keen to listen to the recommendations of their new manager, with TalkSport highlighting that Vazquez and Sarabia remain potential targets.

Meanwhile, any interest The Hornets maintain for Escudero could well have received a blow, following reports from Estadio Deportivo, claiming that Sevilla have also expressed intentions to move for the 25-year-old.

They claim sources at the Europa League winners, have indicated that there is a very strong level of interest in Escudero, and that Sevilla are already "in talks" with Getafe.

Estadio Deportivo also quoted the comments of Getafe president, Angel Torres, who confirmed: "Yes, we have contact with other clubs for the player," 

However, the Getafe supremo also refused to name any of those clubs, whilst also denying any knowledge of a formal approach from Sevilla, and playing his cards very close to his chest.

Watford certainly can't be faulted for their ambition, given the players they have been linked with thus far this summer, as they aim to stay in the Premier League and keep their project growing.

Approaches for Diego Perotti, Davide Santon and Zdravko Kuzmanovic, have all resulted in negative outcomes, because clubs competing in European competitions have also made approaches.

In Spain, fellow Pozzo backed club Granada will certainly sympathise, having likewise made ambitious player moves over recent years, only to be gazumped at the last minute, by clubs who are playing in the Europa League or Champions League.

Granada president Enrique Pina recently revealed that last summer alone, he had verbal agreements with no fewer than four players, only for them to make an about turn with deals practically done, to join teams competing in Europe instead.

For the numerous overseas targets Watford are considering, the attraction of playing in the Premier League should prove appetising, although that isn't proving quite enough on its own, given the rejections thus far.

Unfortunately at this stage, and if Watford are to pursue their interest in Escudero from Getafe, they'll face very stiff competition from Sevilla, and of course the lure of playing in the Champions League, which the Andaluz club can offer this coming season.

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