Bruno Peres: The hottest name for a rightback in Serie A, as we head into Winter Mercato 2016. Sure, the Brazilian wingback is absolutely dominant in attack, what could be just what Roma needs for maintaining possession, but Cairo is no fool, and he will be charging an arm and a leg for another one of his prized wingbacks. In the case of and high possibility that a bigger Premier League team pursues Bruno, then Walter Sabatini’s long-term target could be all to distant from the capital city. Enter the alternative, the more defensively-sound alternative: Sime Vrsaljko.
The Croatian rightback is 23 years-old, 6’0″ (1.82m), fast as heck, and a fantastic marker. After coming into the limelight at Dinamo Zagreb, Vrsa made the move to the Griffoni, playing with Genoa for the 2013/14 season. Although there was interest from Milan, he transferred the next season (last season) to Sassuolo. As a professional, this was a fantastic move, as he entered into a sound environment under Eusebio Di Francesco. He would finish the season with 21 appearances and an average of 4.7 clearances per match. Now Its even rumored that Barcelona and Juventus have since scouted him.
Fast forward to this season, and Vrsa is having the best season of his career: 3 assists, 4.7 clearances, 2.3 tackles and 2.8 interceptions on average per match. If Walter wants a more defensive wingback to add stability to the backline, then this is your boy.
Vrsa comes from a storied club with a winning mentality which transcends into his play today. Just a young man, he is showing the greatest stats in his career, and the most sound of any right wingback in Serie A. He could be just what is needed in Rudi Garcia’s backline, and there is no better time to buy him than at this very moment.