It was reported by the Evening Standard last week that the Hornets had switched their attentions to Middlesbrough’s George Friend after refusing to meet the Gunners’ £15million valuation, but it looks as though Watford manager Marco Silva is determined to land the 27 year old.
There are still a number of obstacles to overcome though. In addition to the high asking price, Gibbs will have to lower his wage demands if he wants a transfer to go ahead this summer.
He has one year left on a contract worth £3million, and he could opt to run down his contract and leave on a free transfer next year. Gibbs will have to decide how much first team football matters to him in a World Cup year.
Arsenal will also not want the player to leave for nothing so it could be case that interested clubs leave it until the end of August before trying their luck. We will have to wait and see.