Arsene Wenger has confirmed Sebastien Squillaci will leave the club if he can find a new side.
It wouldn’t be at all surprising to see Squillaci head off for a spell under the managerial guidance of Harry Redknapp. Redknapp has a habit of getting the best out of experienced and high individual players. However, considering his recent comments about QPR’s finances he may be reluctant to bring in someone else who will demand a decent wage packet.
Aston Villa have been scouting defenders according to latest reports. Squillaci would not only be cheaper than some of the names connected with Aston Villa, he may also be more beneficial. Villa need a big and experienced player to sit in the heart of their defence and Squillaci will be considered as he still has a few years left at the top level of football.
Sunderland’s defensive record is actually not too bad this season with their main problem scoring goals. Martin O’Neill is the sort of manager who would prefer to completely ensure his defence is solid before developing other parts of the team. Squillaci also seems like his sort of player in the respect that he reads the game well and can help younger members of the team.
Roberto Martinez has already said that he is looking to bring in one more player before the end of January. He has added to the fire power of the side so he may be looking to add to the defence of the side. Martinez speaks multiple language and the fact Squillaci has been in England for a number of years means the transition up North would be easy.
If reports are to be believed then Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini is trying to find a way out of the club. Squillaci is an obvious fit as a strict centre back although Alan Pardew may read more into the fact he has just been sitting in the squad at Arsenal instead of playing games.
Where do you think Squillaci will end up? England? Spain? France?
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