Arsenal consider £11m bid for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani

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Arsenal are ready to pay as much as £11million to secure the signature of Juventus prospect Daniele Rugani, reports talkSPORT.

The centre-back has spent the season on loan at Empoli and has caught the eye of Arsenal scouts. With his long-term future at Juventus in doubt, Arsene Wenger is hoping to test their resolve with a summer offer.

At 20-years-old old, Rugani is much more potential than he is ability, but Wenger has obviously been impressed with the Italy Under-21 international.

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The £11m reportedly put aside for the transfer would surpass the amount Arsenal paid for Laurent Koscielny (£10m) and Per Mertesacker (£8m). The Gunners agreed to pay £11million to sign Gabriel in January, but at 25-years-old, the Brazilian arrived at the Emirates with a lot more experience.

Arsenal will have to be way of their Premier League rivals, Chelsea and Manchester United, who have both been linked with the player in the same report. It is unsurprising that a big talent has caught the eye of several clubs.

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All of the Premier League's big clubs have extensive scouting systems now and it is unlikely a prospect would be found by one and not the other. However, prizing him away from Juventus may be harder than it sounds.

Rugani would surely prefer to stay with the Italian champions if offered a role in the first team. There is also a history of Italian's struggling to adapt to the rigours of Premier League football, which would undoubtedly enter Rugani's thought process.

Italian Gunners

Wenger seems to have steered clear of Italian players during his time as Arsenal manager. In the Premier League era, only Vito Mannone and Arturo Lupoli have appeared in one or more league game for the club.

Goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano was brought in on loan last summer but bizarrely never made a competitive appearance before returning to parent club Palermo.

The Gunners have also been linked with Italian goalkeeper Mattia Perin, who has been making headlines with a string of spectacular performances for Genoa. He is seen as a potential replacement to Wojciech Szczesny.


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