Arsene Wenger has sent Arsenal scouts to run the rule over Manchester United transfer target Angelo Ogbonna, according to the Daily Mail.

The Italy international was watched by United scouts earlier this season, but the Premier League leaders decided against making a bid during the January transfer window.

The 24-year-old was part of Cesare Prandelli's Euro 2012 squad last summer, and the Torino centre-back has been identified as one of the most highly-rated young defenders in Serie 'A'.

Arsenal scouts travelled to Italy to watch Ogbonna during Torino's match against Atalanta - a fixture the 11th-placed Torino won 2-1.

Reports earlier this month had suggested the Serie 'A' club were prepared to hold talks with Ogbonna over his future, as Premier League clubs circled.

A Sky Sports report had claimed United were monitoring Ogbonna's progress, with a view to possibly bringing him to Old Trafford as a long-term replacement for Rio Ferdinand.

But Arsenal have now joined the race for the young defender. The Gunners' defensive frailties were clear to see during their 3-1 home defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16 first-leg on Tuesday evening.

Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscienly occupied the centre-back spots for Arsene Wenger's side against the German giants, but struggled for much of the match to keep tabs on the talented Bayern front-line.

Ogbonna is a product of the Torino youth academy, and the 24-year-old has five caps for Italy.

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