Arsenal missed out on signing their number-one January transfer target after Juventus rejected a £2.5 million bid for defender Daniele Rugani.
The Gunners were in the market for a new centre-back due to injury concerns across the back-line and they eventually splashed out £11 million on Gabriel Paulista from Spanish side Villarreal.
Laurent Koscielny has been a constant injury concern for Arsene Wenger with an Achilles injury, whilst Mathieu Debuchy has been out for most of the season and Calum Chambers has 'hit the wall', according to the boss.
Wenger finally made a move and secured Paulista from Villarreal, with the Brazilian enjoying a fruitful campaign in Spain, helping the club go on an unbeaten streak stretching back from November.
However, according to reports in Italy, Arsenal made a formal move for someone else before they secured Paulista.
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Tuttosport are claiming that Wenger sent a team of scouts out to Italy in order to watch Rugani in action. The U21 international is on loan for the season at Empoli, and after Arsenal scouts watched the centre-back play, they sent back a glowing report to Wenger.
The Premier League side then launched a £2.5m bid for the defender, but it was snubbed by Juventus, his parent club. The 20-year-old has failed to make a senior appearance for Juve yet after arriving from Empoli, where he spent two years, making over 60 appearances.
After Juve secured the signing of Rugani, they then loaned him back to Empoli for the remainder of the season. It's not understood whether or not Wenger will renew his interest in the summer now that he's secured Paulista.
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