Watford sell Pervis Estupinan to Villarreal for £15m
Estupinan never made a first-team appearance for Watford
Last Updated: 16/09/20 1:54pm
Watford have sold defender Pervis Estupinan to La Liga side Villarreal for an initial fee of around £15m.
The Ecuador international joined Watford in 2016 from LDU Quito but never made a competitive first-team appearance, with the left-back sent out on loan for the past four seasons.
Estupinan has played at Granada, Almeria, Mallorca and most recently Osasuna, where he made 36 appearances last season, and leaves Watford after they were relegated to the Championship.
"As [Head Coach] Vladimir [Ivić] has said repeatedly over the past week or so, having a squad of players 100 per cent committed to our challenge is imperative," said Watford Chairman & CEO Scott Duxbury.
"Continued player trading - incoming as well as outgoing - is inevitable over the course of the next month or so, given the shortened pre-season timescales this summer.
"But that doesn't mean our focus will be distracted. Building a fully committed squad of players is of the utmost importance."
Duxbury added: "In all of this, our priority is to work closely with Vladimir to ensure we leave the transfer window behind with a squad he believes can achieve his objectives."