Watford FC is delighted to confirm the signing of French midfielder Pape Gueye from Ligue 2 club Le Havre AC. Watford on the move to bring 21-year-old French midfielder Pape Gueye to the club this summer.
It was previously believed that Gueye’s contract with Le Havre ran until 2021 and that the Gunners were set to purchase him for around £5million.
The France Football report, however, has claimed that the former France Under-19 international is actually out of contract this summer and signed a pre-contract agreement with Watford.
The Score Nigeria learnt that the 6ft 2ins 21-year-old – who has featured already for France at both Under-18 and Under-19 levels – signed a five-year deal with the Hornets, effective from July 1.
With Gueye’s current deal at France Ligue 2 side Le Havre expiring this summer, an official pre-contract agreement has already been lodged with all relevant authorities.
It was claimed by French outlet Jeunes Footeux in February that the Gunners were closing in on a deal for Le Havre defensive midfielder Pape Gueye.
Arsenal was reported to have pipped Spanish side Sevilla and Italian trio Udinese, Fiorentina, and AC Milan to the 21-year-old’s signature.
Ismaïla Sarr is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Watford and the Senegal national team, he has revealed his life history in an interview he had with the club.
Hornets winger Ismaïla Sarr talks us through his picks for our quick-fire ‘First & Last’ interview…
First: It was a Porsche Panamera.
Last: I now drive a Mercedes-AMG GLS 63.
First: Senegal vs. France in the 2002 World Cup.
Last: The repeat of our last game.
First: Any holidays I went on as a child were in Senegal.
Last: Again, that was Senegal. I always spend my holidays in my country with my family.
First: My first professional goal was at Metz against Dijon FCO.
Last: The second goal I scored against Liverpool was my last one.
First: I can only remember the ones I had when I became a professional, which were Nike Vapour.
Last: I love Nike Vapour boots, so I still choose them.
First: I used to own an iPhone 6.
Last: I now have an iPhone 11 Pro
First: I can’t remember, but something with rice I imagine.
Last: Maafe, a typical Senegalese stew.
First: It was the Senegalese Cup when I was 15 years old.
Last: I won the French Cup with Rennes last year.
According to the French outlet, Gueue has penned a five-year deal at Vicarage Road, where he will link up with compatriots Etienne Capoue and Abdoulaye Doucoure.
A bizarre story here, as a player believed to have had over a year left on his contract is now being reported to not only have a much shorter deal but that his future has already been sorted.
No official confirmation has emerged from either Watford or Le Havre, while the player’s representatives denied those claims yesterday, according to the Watford Observer.
However, the outlet then added: “It is now understood that a deal is in fact in place for the player, who had the remainder of his season cancelled (in wake of the global health crisis).”
It’s a shame for Arsenal, who appear to have missed out on a talented, young and fairly inexpensive defensive midfielder, whose playing style has been described by Estadio Deportivo as a “hybrid of N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba”.