Watford are keen to add depth to their midfield with the signing of Barcelona youngster Oriol Busquets, according to claims from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo.
Is this Hornets side the strongest the Championship has seen?
The West Brom and Fulham teams of recent years certainly stake a claim of their own.
But with Danny Welbeck, Troy Deeney, Gerard Deulofeu and Ismaila Sarr all at the disposal of new coach Vladimir Ivic – a two-time league champion himself at Maccabi Tel Aviv – Watford will be a fearsome proposition this season if they can survive the final few weeks of the transfer window.
But, after losing Abdoulaye Doucoure to Everton and amid speculation linking Etienne Capoue with a move to Javi Gracia’s Valencia, there is one area of the pitch where Watford are still keen to strengthen.
While Busquets would not be an automatic starter at Vicarage Road, a point Mundo Deportivo make themselves, he would give Ivic some cover ahead of what will be a gruelling 46-game campaign.
Like his legendary namesake Sergio, 21-year-old Oriol is a deep-lying midfielder renowned for his passing range, his tactical awareness and his brilliant reading of the game.
During a loan spell at FC Twente in 2019/20, the Spaniard completed almost 88 per cent of his passes – the second highest total in the team.
“Oriol Busquets is a player with brilliant qualities,” then-Twente coach Gonzalo Garcia told Transfer20.
And after failing to force his way into Barca’s first-team, his one and only appearance coming in a Copa del Rey clash three years ago, the cash-strapped Catalonians will surely be keen to sell.