Then at Monaco, the defender had just spent a rather successful loan spell at Toulouse, and was being courted by a handful of clubs.
Prioritising first-team football, Tisserand opted to go to Germany and joined Ingolstadt for just over €5m, but that didn’t exactly work out as planned as the Bundesliga side are set to be relegated to Bundesliga 2. for next season.
Not ready to play in Germany’s second-tier, L’Equipe explain that Tisserand is expected to leave Germany, and Watford are once again keen to bring him in.
The French newspaper explain the Premier League side have been ‘continuously courting’ the centre-back, and will face competition from the likes of RB Leipzig and Werder Bremen to acquire his services.
Whether Tisserand was specifically a target for Walter Mazzarri or more of a club choice (with the Pozzo family known to invest in young talent just for the sake of having them) remains to be seen.
With the Italian manager set to step down at the end of the season, transfer targets could change quickly when the man chosen to replace him at Vicarage Road settles in.
We’ll know more in a few weeks, then.