Watford has surfaced as a prospective destination for Arsenal misfit Sead Kolasinac, with manager Claudio Ranieri contemplating a January transfer for the defender.
In an article published by The Telegraph, it is said that Watford is interested in signing Sead Kolasinac. Currently, the newly promoted Premier League club is on the lookout for defensive reinforcements during the January transfer window. Claudio Ranieri is showing a special interest in the Arsenal defensive talents.
As per reports, Arsenal will grant permission to Sead Kolasinac to leave in January. He becomes a free agent at the end of the season.
Since joining Arsenal from Schalke in 2017, the left-back hasn’t had a very successful time in north London. He has not stood up to what the club expected from him.
The defender returned to his previous club Schalke at the start of this year on a short-term loan agreement. He had been saddled with the burden of assisting the German giants in their efforts to avoid relegation.
Sead Kolasinac has had a tough time at Arsenal
Although he was successful in the Bundesliga, the 28-year-old failed to impress, which resulted in Schalke’s stunning relegation from the top division.
Kolasinac made a comeback to the Emirates Stadium in the summer. He has already featured in two games this season, against Manchester City and Leeds United (EFL Cup).
However, under Mikel Arteta, the Bosnian has fallen out of favour, appearing in just 90 minutes of league football. He has slid below Tierney and Nuno Tavares in the pecking order, with the latter now ahead of the former.
Although the 28-year-old has struggled, his troubles have not stopped Watford, who are on the lookout for defensive reinforcements to aid their bid to remain in the Premier League.
Kolasinac, who has made over 100 appearances for both Arsenal and Schalke, is an excellent choice for the position given to his extensive experience at the top level of football.
What will the Bosnian bring to the table for Watford?
Apart from that, the Bosnian international brings flexibility to the table. He can play both left-back and centre-back in the same matchup. It should aid Ranieri in his search for replacements for Adam Masina and Danny Rose.
Arsenal’s likely departure of Sead Kolasinac might be a significant help for the club as they try to reorganize their defence line. In addition to the former Schalke captain, Mikel Arteta is interested in unloading Calum Chambers, who has been identified as a target for Everton.
Aside from Kolasinac, Watford has been linked with a deal for Bournemouth midfielder Steve Cook in recent weeks. Meanwhile, Ranieri is considering a possible reunion with Sampdoria centre-back Omar Colley. They are working on restructuring the Watford squad ahead of the forthcoming January transfer window.