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Watford set to rival Arsenal in race for Serie A midfield general

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Watford are the latest club to take an interest in Udinese midfielder Jakub Jankto, according to

The Corriere Dello Sport reported earlier this week that Chelsea and AC Milan have entered the race with Arsenal for the 21 year old, but it seems that the Hornets are joint favourites with the Gunners to sign the Czech Republic international.

Jankto is believed to prefer a move abroad, and he indicated as such when asked about his future following the 3-0 victory over Crotone on Monday. The midfielder scored a brace in the match and would no doubt have impressed observing scouts.

Watford’s interest is not too surprising. The Premier League club have strong connections with Udinese with Giampaolo Pozzo owning the Italian side while his son Gino owns the Hornets.

A number of players have made the switch from Italy to Vicarage Road either on loan or permanently since the Pozzo family’s takeover of the English team in 2012. Much will depend on whether Arsenal are prepared to offer a high enough fee for Jankto to persuade Udinese into selling the Czech star to the Gunners rather than to Marco Silva’s side.

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