Amrabat to join Watford in €8m deal; Sarabia could follow
Quique Sánchez Flores keen on reunion with Getafe midfielder after signing Morocco international forward.
Málaga owner Abdullah Al-Thani on Friday confirmed the transfer of Nordin Amrabat to Premier League side Watford. AS reported on Thursday that manager Javi Gracia and the board had resigned themselves to losing the Morocco international after Watford met the minimum release clause in the forward's contract of eight million euros.
"Good morning everyone. I would like to clarify the situation with Nordin Amrabat. We do not wish to sell the player but everybody has to understand. He told me it was his dream and I could not tell him he couldn't go. We are human beings. I wanted everybody to know," Al-Thani wrote on social media.
Although the deal is likely to go through quickly, Amrabat is expected to play for Málaga this weekend against Sevilla in the Sánchez Pizjuán.
Amrabat may be joined at Vicarage Road by Getafe midfielder Pablo Sarabia. The 23-year-old's contract at the Coliseum expires in June and although the club are keen to extend the deal, Sarabia appears to be eyeing the exit door. The former Real Madrid player has become a key part of Fran Escribá's side this season and Getafe president Ángel Torres is eager to open negotiations over an extension but the player's agent, Ginés Carvajal, has brought up the firm interest of Quique Sánchez Flores in taking Sarabia to the Premier League.
Watford offered two million euros for Sarabia last summer and can acquire the player on a free transfer at the end of the current season. When the offer was lodged six months ago, Flores said of Sarabia: "Getafe have good players and I've said so to Ángel Torres. I've always thought Sarabia is an extraordinary player."