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Arsenal made a lot of headlines with their two marquee additions last month, but the agent of Daniele Rugani has suggested the Juventus ace could be next.
The Gunners significantly strengthened their attacking options in the January transfer window, as although they lost Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott, they brought in two established stars in Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arsene Wenger saw the immediate benefits of those moves in the 5-1 win over Everton at the weekend, but there are still problems that must be fixed at the opposite end of the pitch.
After 26 Premier League games this season, Arsenal have conceded 35 goals. That is the joint-worst defensive record of the top eight sides in the standings.
As a result, while it’s all well and good scoring plenty of goals, they need to find a way to keep them out too and according to Radio Sportiva, Rugani’s agent has suggested that Arsenal may be looking at his client to be the solution to their problem.
“Arsenal? They didn’t launch any attempts for him,” he is quoted as saying by The Express. “They expressed a liking for him but we have respect for Juventus.”
Rugani, 23, has patiently waited for opportunities in Turin given the senior and more experienced individuals ahead of him in the pecking order including the likes of Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli.
However, he has made 15 appearances this season so far and has been tipped for a big future with Juve. Nevertheless, a chance to move to England to potentially become a key figure for Arsenal in the short and long term could be too good to turn down.
The Gunners need to improve at the back, and with Per Mertesacker set to retire at the end of the season coupled with Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal being on the wrong side of 30, Rugani really would tick a box of being a long-term option too.