Despite football transfer market experiencing a lull due to the prevailing coronavirus crisis, the English Premier League have been busy announcing that they captured the signature of French starlet Pape Gueye.
The Hornets announced on Wednesday morning that they had reached an agreement with Le Havre’s Pape Gueye, whose contract with the Ligue 2 club is set to expire in June.
We unpack the midfielder dubbed the next N'Golo Kante.
The 21-year-old from Montreuil had attracted interest from a number of European sides including Arsenal and has been capped at U18 and U19 level for France.
The defensive midfielder has been at Le Havre since signing for their youth team in 2012, aged 13, and has risen through the ranks, making his first-team debut in a Ligue 2 stalemate with Chamois Niortais in May 2017.
Gueye is yet to score his first senior goal as well as recording just the two assists in 25 league appearances for Le Havre this season.
Dubbed ‘the next-Kante’, Gueye seems to certainly be a bright prospect for Watford, especially given the lack of financial pressure the board will face.
The Premier League has been home to countless iconic French midfielders over the years and so Watford’s newest addition could certainly feel at home in England’s top-flight.