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Arsene Wenger is evidently interested in bringing a new central defender to the Emirates, and it seems now that Arsenal have apparently reignited their interest in Juventus defender Daniele Rugani.
According to Italian website Gianluca di marzio , Arsenal are looking to see if Rugani can be lured to the Emirates, while Everton and Napoli remain the other two interested parties.
Rugani is a young player, and has only made a handful of appearances for Juventus.
Reports are linking him again with Arsenal with Juventus looking to sell some players in order to buy the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Oscar.
Juventus have already rejected a number of previous offers for the player in the winter transfer window last term.
Earlier this year, in March, Rugani’s Juventus teammate and club legend Giorgio Chiellini praised his young teammate according to Goal. According Goal, Chiellini in a conversation with Mediaset had this to say:
Daniele arrived as a 21-year-old, has come on a great deal and is on the right track for a guy who has 10 to 15 seasons at Juventus ahead of him.
He returned to Juventus for the 15/16 season, but featured in less than half of all Serie A matches- a sharp drop off for a player in the previous year’s team of the season.
At Juventus, Rugani trains with the best defenders in the world – but he doesn’t get very much game time.
This obviously must come as a surprise to most people who have seen him play. Perhaps it is because of this that he has been linked with a move away.
Arsenal have two main central defenders at the moment. Gabriel Paulista is a third option, but he is a raw Premier League talent and needs time to settle in the back line before he can become a mainstay. At the moment, there is an opening for a fourth center back.
Rugani is a tall, tactically versatile, and physically strong centre-back, who is good in the air, both defensively and offensively. He is known in particular for his anticipation, intelligence, and marking ability, despite his lack of notable pace or mobility.
He is also considered to be a neat player, who often avoids committing to challenges, preferring to restrict his opponents through his positioning. Due to his confidence in possession, he is capable of playing the ball out from the back-line. Regarded as one of the most promising young Italian players of his generation, in 2015, he was named one of the best players in the world born after 1994, by Don Balón.
Rugani is a ball playing center back and he would make a dynamic duo with Gabriel, capable of contending with Premier League strikers in the future. If the Arsenal academy doesn’t make center-backs anymore, why not purchase one on the cheap?