Claudio Ranieri is looking at Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac as a possible January signing for Watford, according to a report.
The Telegraph report that Watford are on the search for a centre-back, and they’re considering Sead Kolasinac.
Kolasinac obviously joined Arsenal as a wing-back/full-back, but he’s since spent a lot of time at centre-back, so it’s not such a far-fetched notion.
With Kolasinac’s contract expiring, The Telegraph claim he could be allowed to leave on a permanent deal in January. Claudio Ranieri is looking at him to bolster his defensive options.
It’s difficult to come up with too many reasons to cling onto Kolasinac for his final six months.
Arsenal already have Kieran Tierney and Nuno Tavares at left-back, and they have five senior centre-backs even if you don’t include Takehiro Tomiyasu, who plays left-centre-back for Japan. Kolasinac is way down the pecking order.
Right now, the 28-year-old is also injured, having picked up an ankle problem on international duty.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international is expected to return to action in January, so he should be back in time to pass a medical and join Watford if that’s what they want.
Personally, I’m surprised a relegation-threatened club hasn’t come in for Kolasinac sooner.
Whilst he’s not in favour at Arsenal and won’t be winning his place back, I think he could do a job for one of the league’s lesser clubs. He does well enough in international fixtures on a pretty consistent basis.
His wages are likely the main obstacle, but with six months left on his deal, he’s going to have to think about making some concessions on that front anyway. If not, he won’t be earning any money at all come July.