Newcastle should go all out to sign Sime Vrsaljko in January

Sime Vrsaljko would be an era defining signing for Newcastle United.

Newcastle have been linked with Sime Vrsaljko of Sassuolo, with TMW claiming that they want to bring him to the club in January.

The right-back, 23, is considered one of the best defenders in Italy, and he has been a Croatian international since his teens. A graduate of Dinamo Zagreb’s excellent youth academy, he has been with Sassuolo since last summer, making 39 appearances of the Serie A club.

His form in Italy has been so good that even Barcelona have been watching him ahead of a potential swoop, with FourFourTwo claiming that the La Liga giants see him as a long-term successor to Dani Alves.

He is everything wanted in a modern-day full-back, being athletic and technically gifted, and able to attack just as well as he can defend.

He can compete with the best wingers in Serie A from a defensive standpoint, and after winning the ball back, he moves forward with great speed and loves to overlap on the wing.

He is also able to play at left-back, although he is not as naturally gifted in that role, and has been forced there due to Darijo Srna’s importance in the Croatian set-up.

He is everything that Daryl Janmaat is, plus more, and the Magpies should look to sell the Dutchman if it means they have the funds to sign Vrsaljko.

He is already as good as the current Newcastle star, whilst he is still three-years younger than Janmaat and fits Newcastle’s model of transfers.

Vrsaljko has the potential to become the best full-back in world football over the next decade, and Newcastle should get ahead of any other club and bring him to St James’ Park in January.

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