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Watford could secure signing of second Barcelona star ‘within hours’

As per a report from Italian outlet Calciomercato this afternoon, Watford are closing in on the signing of Barcelona full-back Aleix Vidal, just a day after securing a loan deal for Gerard Deulofeu.

Mixed experience

Vidal was brought to the Camp Nou in 2015 from Sevilla, with the Blaugrana hopeful that the Spanish full-back could back-up and eventually replace Dani Alves at the club.

Following a disappointing debut campaign which saw the defender make just 9 La Liga appearances for the club, Vidal was given a consistent run in Barca’s starting lineup midway through last season.

A string of extremely impressive performances saw the 27-year-old notch 2 goals and 2 assists in just 5 league starts, before an untimely horrific ankle dislocation left Vidal sidelined for the remainder of the campaign.

Vicarage Road bound?

The blistering once-capped Spanish international has since fallen down the pecking order at the Camp Nou this season, due to the brilliant campaign thus far enjoyed by Sergi Roberto, as well as the big-money arrival of Nelson Semedo from Benfica.

As such, Vidal, who can also play in a more advanced role on the right, has been linked with a whole host of clubs since the opening of the winter transfer market at the beginning of the month, with Serie A giants AS Roma having previously been considered as the clear frontrunners in the race for his signature.

But, as per the aforementioned report from Calciomercato a short time ago, another club have today entered the fray for the versatile Spaniard, in the form of Watford.

The Hornets only secured the loan signing of winger Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona yesterday, but reports this afternoon claim that Javi Gracia’s men could make it two signings from the Catalans in the space of two days with the arrival of Vidal ‘within the next few hours’.

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