Watford, the new team in Premier League tournament, have announced the signing of Lithuanian goalkeeper GiedriusArlauskis. The 27-year-old will move to Vicarage Road after winning the Romanian title with Steaua Bucharest for a domestic treble in 2014-15.The 6ft 3″ stopper has European pedigree, in the Champions League and the Europa League.
He was in goal for Lithuania’s Euro 2016 qualifier against England at Wembley, in which he conceded a debut goal by Tottenham forward Harry Kane. Arlauskis has played in the Champions League and Europa League for Steaua, Rubin Kazan and UnireaUrziceni.He also plays for the Lithuanian national football team, but was involved in a dispute with former national team coach RaimondasZutautas about not being selected to play. He has a brother, DavydasArlauskis who is also a footballer.
Arlauskis started his career as a professional player in 2005 by joining Siauliai and made 33 games; while his longest stay was in Rubin Kazan in which he played from 2010-2014. Ironically, he only made 7 appearances during his four-year career at Kazan. Arlauskis made his national team debut as a substitute against Moldova in a friendly game in 2008.
It will be such a busy summer transfer for Watford as this club has just promoted to the English top tier tournament. The club has just finished their deal with Quique Sanchez Floresas their new boss. Spaniard Sanchez Flores, 50, will bring an impressive CV to England, having guided Atletico to the Europa League title in 2010 with a win over Fulham in the final, as well as coaching in Portugal at Benfica and more recently with Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates.
The new boss deal was taken following the previous incumbent SlavisaJokanovic’s contract talks broke down last month over his wage demands. Jokanovic’s current deal expires at the end of June, and it is understood the 46-year-old had been offered significantly improved terms of around £1million basic salary, plus another £1m in performance-based payments.
Aged 46, Jokanovic has managed in Serbia, Thailand, Bulgaria, Spain and became the fourth man to lead Watford last season. SlavisaJokanovic has take Watford from managerial turmoil to promotion, but his position had been taken by the Spaniard coach.
Meanwhile it is reported that Watford has been eyeing up Tottenham midfielder Benjamin Stambouli. The 24-year-old has recently snubbed a move to Marseille and made it clear that he would like to remain in England if he leaves Spurs.