- Arsenal are said to be weighing up a €40M (£35.4M) move for the ace
- Man United are also reportedly eyeing up a move for the 23-year-old
- Signing will see the Gunners strengthen an area that they’ve been weak in for seasons
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Arsenal are prepared to make a £35.4M move for Juventus and Italy centre-back Daniele Rugani, who is also a target for the Gunners’ rivals Man United.
This is according to Italian news outlet Il Posticipo, a story that was re-reported by the Mirror, who state that the north London side are ready to offer €40M (£35.4M) for the 23-year-old, and that Jose Mourinho’s Man United are also prepared to make an offer for the star.
The area of centre-back is one that Arsene Wenger’s side haven’t been particularly strong in since the days of Sol Campbell, and with the Gunners having to currently to deploy left-back Nacho Monreal in the centre of defence, it seems as if Rugani, should he sign, will fill a hole at the Emirates that has been there for years.
Despite only being a fringe player for the Italian champions so far in his career, Rugani has been impressive when given a chance.
In 54 appearances for Massimiliano Allegri’s side, 23-year-old Rugani has been able to contribute four goals and one assists, a decent record for a centre back of his age.
The player has also made his mark on the international stage, as the centre-back has managed to clock up four caps for the Azzuri.
With Rugani’s calmness on the ball and physical presence, it seems like a no brainer for Arsenal to make a move for the Italian international.
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Should Arsenal and Man United both make moves for Rugani, it’ll be interesting to see who ends up beating to other to the signing of the defender.