€20m-rated centre-back signed new contract despite Gunners interest
Arsenal and Everton transfer target Armando Izzo has put an end to transfer speculation by signing a new contract with current club Torino. The Premier League sides have tracked the defender after an impressive campaign in Turin that saw him called up to the Italy national team for the first time.
Both the Gunners and the Toffees were thought likely to be making bids of nearly £22m for Izzo this summer, but they will now be putting away their cheque books. Bulls confirmed on Friday that they have tied down the former Genoa man to a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2024, ending the hopes of his suitors this year.
London club are in the market for a defender after the struggles of Shkodran Mustafi last year, and the likely departure of Laurent Koscielny after the France international went on strike this transfer window. Everton are also short in that position after Kurt Zouma came back to parent club Chelsea following a year-long loan.
Armando was seen as a good option by both teams, and the Italian indeed agreed, describing himself as Italy’s second-best defender when asked about his future in June. ‘In the meantime I am happy, everyone likes to be courted,’ Izzo told Gazzetta dello Sport.
‘I have another four years on my contract with Torino, I want to arrive and show my worth. I don’t like it to be said simply that I am a good player, I am worth more. ‘Italian defenders, apart from Chiellini, I don’t see others stronger and more determined than I am.‘