Arsenal keeping tabs with €25m-rated Serie A wantaway centre-back
Gunners manager Unai Emery has been tracking Juventus centre-back, Daniele Rugani. London club have severe problems in the back-line as Shkodran Mustafi had a terrible season, Rob Holding and he needs replacement.
Unai looks to guide Gunners back into the UCL. William Saliba will pay dividends on the pitch at a later date, although was deemed too raw for PL action now.
The £27m centre-back is an investment for the future, and it admittedly made sense to snare him before his value rises But regardless of his clear potential, London club could have done with another top-class defender now. Luiz, meanwhile, ticks the experienced defender box.
One other player Gunners were actively monitoring in the summer is Juventus centre-back, Daniele Rugani. Emery couldn’t get a deal sealed with Bianconeri keen to cash in on the 25-year-old defender. A £27m asking price was mooted, but the thrifty Arsenal were only prepared to greenlight a loan agreement
Unsurprisingly, a move hit the buffers, but the Gunners might be tempted to try their luck again in winter. The Serie A champions were still trying desperately to offload Daniele earlier this week. He was reportedly offered as part exchange for Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic to little avail.
Maurizio Sarri’s determination to hawk around Rugani up until the last minute might prove a New Year deal is there for the taking. Old Lady are under pressure to lighten their ranks and have a bloated wage bill that must be slashed. Italy international isn’t fancied by Sarri and is yet to play in Serie A under his stewardship.