Reports that Watford owner Gino Pozzo is poised to buy lower league Spanish club Sabadell are understood to be accurate.

The Spanish website says that a group led by Pozzo are on the verge of “closing a deal” to take control of the Catalonian club who play in Spain’s Primera Division RFEF, the third tier of the nation’s football structure.

The reports also suggest that an as yet unnamed American investor or group will form part of the takeover, which is set to happen during November.

In their story, say that discussions between Pozzo and Sabadell president Esteve Calzada began in the summer, and they suggest that the Watford owner would take charge of “sports management” without assuming full control of all club matters.

It won’t be the first Pozzo foray into Spanish football, as they have previously had interests at Granada and Valladolid.



Sabadell have been in existence since 1903 and have had spells in La Liga, the longest being between 1965 and 1972, and the most recent 1986 to 1988. They also reached the Copa del Ray final in 1935, losing 3-0 to Sevilla.

The current team is managed by former Spanish international Gabri, who made more than 130 appearances for Barcelona during his playing career.

Sabadell are currently ninth of 20 teams in the Primera Division RFEF Group 2, having won four of their nine league games. Castellon currently top the table while the B-teams of the likes of Real Sociedad (5th), Osasuna (6th), Barcelona (14th) and Athletic Bilbao (16th) are in the same division.

Home games are played at the Nova Creu Alta, which has a capacity of just under 12,000.

The Sabadell squad is largely made up of Spanish players, although they do have Kenyan international defender Ismael Athuman and midfielder Joanet, who has four caps for Equitorial Guinea. They also have 23-year-old Senegalese winger Moha Keita.

The club’s blue-and-white quartered kit means they look like Bristol Rovers, and it turns out the two clubs are actually twinned.

Their story began near Barcelona's Nou Camp in 2005, where visiting Bristol Rovers fans spotted two people wearing blue and white quartered football shirts.

Thinking they were fellow Rovers fans, they approached them, only to find they were Sabadell fans who had been to watch their side play Barcelona B.

That was the germ of a relationship between the sets of fans, which has blossomed in recent years after it was made official in 2015 with the twinning of the two clubs.

They even played a pre-season friendly in the summer of 2016 in Spain, which Sabadell won 3-0.