Wenger targets Italian trio.
Italy Under-21 international Angelo Ogbonna has insisted he knows nothing about reported interest from England.
The 21-year-old defender has come through the youth system at Serie B Torino and is now attracting admiring glances from both Italy and abroad.
Arsenal, who are also rumoured to be looking at Bari defenders Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Ranocchia, are said to be leading the chase for Ogbonna.
And the Gunners’ Premier League rivals Manchester City are also thought to be showing a strong interest.
But Ogbonna insists he knows nothing about all the current speculation.
“All this talk is paper talk, I don’t know anything about it,” he said.
“People talk about those teams because I am told I will do well in that league and I am built for that league, but let’s wait and see.
“I am happy in Torino at the moment, but teams like Arsenal and Man City are very big teams attractive to any youngsters.”
Despite making his Under-21 bow for Italy, the nation of his birth, Nigeria are still hoping Ogbonna will switch international allegiance to them. (Sky Sports)
I think the key part of the comments from this up and coming Italian defender is his closing line, where he basically says he is very interested in joining either of the Premier League sides who have shown a reported interest.
Wenger is definitely beginning to putting more emphasis on his Italian scouting network of late, perhaps he believes that unearthing young talents in Serie A and B will be a cheaper proposition than from La Liga or indeed the French leagues.
He has recently found that when attempting to bring in talent from his homeland, Arsene is invariably handed a hugely inflated price, as noted in the recent attempts to sign Marouane Chamakh and Blaise Matuidi, two players that our boss was interested in but decided to give up on because of crazy valuations. Although I expect that Chamakh will be back on the radar when his Bordeaux contract runs out this summer.
By all accounts the Bari centre back pair are both good players with a lot of potential.