Watford are ready to raid the Brazilian market again after their huge success with Richarlison, we can exclusively reveal.
The club’s hierarchy the Pozzo family have a large scouting network around the world, but they have been working on the Brazilian market.
The club signed Richarlison for just over £11million in 2017 before more than tripling their money just 12 months later by selling him to Everton for a fee close to £40million.
They have looked at a number of names, but it is understood one high on their list is Gustavo – the Corinthians striker.
The 24-year-old has just returned to Corinthians after starring on loan for Fortaleza and he has bagged three goals in four starts in the latest Championship.
Now Watford are looking into a potential deal for Gustavo, although they are also looking around South America and have a hit list of at least six forwards. One of which was Lincoln of Flamengo – but his asking price is already beyond £30million.
Another is Martinelli – who plays for Ituano, the club run by Middlesbrough legend Juninho. The 17-year-old is considered one of the best prospects in Brazil, and already commands a fee of £10million.
It is understood Juninho, who still has a close relationship with Boro, has informed them of Martinelli’s progress but indeed there has been more interest from Watford and also their Championship rivals Leeds United.