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Armando Izzo Arsenal: Transfer battle with Benfica expected for star Genoa defender

The Premier League title appears so close that Arsenal fans can taste it, and the club appears set to bring in some reinforcements to make a serious run at the title when the January transfer window rolls around. Daniele Rugani may be the big name, but it looks like Arsenal have their eyes on a Genoa starlet too: Armando Izzo.

According to Calciomercato, Arsenal are looking to make a transfer move for the 23-year-old Italian defender but will likely meet fierce opposition from Primeira Liga giants Benfica.

Izzo has made seven starts and 10 total appearances for Genoa in Serie A so far this season, but the club is in the middle of the pack defensively. He was named Man of the Match after leading the club to a 1-1 away draw against Udinese early in October.

Arsenal is currently tied for the second-fewest goals allowed in the Premier League.

The Metro noted that although Arsenal are still in pursuit of Rugani, Izzo would be a much cheaper option.

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