Arsenal and Chelsea linked Italian wonderkid heading to Watford?

Simone Scuffet could be set to join Championship side Watford on loan, despite interest from Arsenal, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid.

18-year old Scuffet made his Serie A debut for Udinese Calcio in February 2014, and after a string of impressive performances he was promoted to first choice keeper. Comparisons to Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon were uttered, with the Italian legend believing that Scuffet deserved a place in the Italian squad for the 2014 World Cup.

The youngster has drawn interest from Premier League sides Arsenal and La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, with both sensing that the comparisons with Buffon may not be wrong, whilst Chelsea lodged a £5 million offer to secure his services last month. However, the youngster agreed a new five-year deal with the Bianconeri, making a permanent move away from Udinese unlikely.

Whilst he was the first choice under previous head coach Francisco Guidolin, according to forzaitalianfootball, recently appointed head coach Andrea Stramaccioni wants a more experienced first choice shot stopper - with AC Milan's Michael Agazzi at the top of his list.

And with the wealth of goalkeeping options at Stadio Friuli, Scuffet would be allowed to leave should Agazzi join the Italian club - with Udinese's sister club Watford a likely destination.

The Championship club have just two goalkeepers on their books, and although former Tottenham Hotspur keeper Gomes looks to be first choice for the coming season, Scuffet could come in to offer competition - with youngster Jonathan Bond looking for a loan move away from Vicarage Road.

The co-ownership between the Hornets and Udinese would allow full control over his playing time and training regime - something no other club could offer - and fighting for competitive football at a Championship club would do more for his career than a move to the substitutes bench of any top flight club in the world.

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