Napoli Target Watford’s Odion Ighalo as Gonzalo Higuain Replacement
Posted by Sean Walker | Published on October 24, 2016
Italian club Napoli are set to make a bid for Watford’s number 24 Odion Ighalo over a possible transfer in the January transfer window.
With Napoli selling star striker Gonzalo Higuain in the summer, Milik was brought into replace him, however, in the last international break, Milik did his anterior cruciate ligament – meaning he will most likely be out for the rest of the season.
Not only do they have money at their expense, Gli Azzurri are in desperate need of a striker, and Ighalo is the man on their radar. Despite all the speculation though, Ighalo’s agent does not believe that The Hornets will sell the Nigerian striker.
“I doubt he can leave in January, since he’s too important for Hornets,” said agent Patrick Bastianell “He made a great ride during last two season, by scoring 36 goals overall. Last summer also Chelsea and Manchester United wanted to sign him, but Watford weren’t even available to start a negotiation. Anyway, he’s got a second EU passport, and we’ll see what happens. Watford and the Pozzo family has excellent relations with Napoli, but according to their corporate policies, it’s difficult to sell important players in the winter transfer market.”
Watford turned down a £38 million offer from Chinese club Shanghai SIPG because the striker was not willing to move to China, but I would assume if Ighalo was willing to move to Italy (which he certainly should be as he will not be getting much game time at Watford) Gino Pozzo would accept an offer half the price.
Odion Ighalo has been putting in too many average performances for too long, and for this reason, many Watford fans – me included – would like to see the back of Ighalo for the right price. It seems that his magic touch is gone, and Italy soon reckons for Watford’s former golden boy.