A 23-year-old full international, the right-back has 10 caps for Croatia, and he made two appearances for his nation in the 2014 World Cup. He has also captained his nation, in November 2014, as they fell to a 2-1 loss to Argentina at the Boleyn Ground.
He currently plays for Serie A’s overachieving minnows Sassuolo, and as a rather attacking right-sided defender, he has four assists to his name in 20 league appearances.
Prior to his spell with Sassuolo, Vrsaljko played for Genoa and Dynamo Zagreb, with whom he started his career, and he already has over 150 professional appearances to his name despite his young age.
The links with Watford come following their promotion to the Premier League, and it is certainly a statement of intent from the club. He is a top class performer in Serie A, and was drawing admiring glances from Premier League side Tottenham earlier this season, as per talkSPORT.
To know that the Hornets are starting their transfer business early should excite Watford fans, especially if they are in discussions to bring a player of Vrsaljko’s quality to Vicarage Road.