Watford have held talks with Arsenal over the potential loan of Sead Kolasinac in the January transfer window, according to a report.
The Watford Observer report that Watford have held initial talks with Arsenal over a potential loan for Sead Kolasinac.
The talks focused on a temporary switch with shared wages, but they were far from conclusive. The player’s wages are an obstacle, even if they’re shared.
The plan from Watford’s side would be to essentially give Kolasinac a test run until the summer and then sign him on a permanent deal as a free agent if things work out.
The Telegraph previously report that Watford were on the search for a centre-back, and they’re considering 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. Claudio Ranieri is apparently keen.
However, The Telegraph seemed to be hinting at a permanent deal, unlike the Watford Observer.
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. So Arsenal certainly aren’t reliant on him staying.
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.