Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores thinks speculation that top-scorer Odion Ighalo could leave Vicarage Road is ‘normal’ but hints he could lose him.
Ighalo, who has scored 14 goals in the Premier League this season, is reportedly a target for a number of clubs including Chelsea and Atletico Madrid.
The striker has insisted that he “wants to stay in the Premier League”, but Watford manager Sanchez-Flores has hinted that he may struggle to keep hold of a player he describes as “one of the best strikers in the league”.
Speaking to The Sun, the Spanish boss said: “Speculation about Ighalo is very normal. He is one of the best strikers in the league.
“It’s good — I love this speculation for all the players. When other teams want Watford players it means we are doing something right. It also improves the value of the players.
“I cannot talk about what will happen to Ighalo in the future but it will be positive.”
Arsenal are reportedly preparing a £20million summer bid for the striker, and sources close to the player claim he has snubbed a moved to Spanish side Atletico Madrid.
According to The Sun, a source close to Ighalo said: “Atletico have watched him five times already this season and are desperate to take him to Madrid. They have practically offered to double his wages, with big bonuses added on.
“He remains their top priority and they have refused to go away even though he has twice told them ‘no’.
“Even though some top Premier League clubs have also spoken to his agent, nothing has happened yet.”