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 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.