Juve set for Arsenal defender bid

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Juventus are ready to make a surprise move for Arsenal defender Johan Djourou, according to Tuttosport.


The Swiss international has made just 14 Premier League starts for the Gunners this term and has fallen down the pecking order behind Laurent Koscielny, Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker, who arrived at the Emirates Stadium last summer.


Now Juventus are reportedly willing to provide him a lifeline by offering him a route out of England according to Tuttosport, with the Serie A champions ready to open talks with Arsenal soon.


Djourou has failed to hold down a regular first team spot at Arsenal ever since he emerged from the club’s youth system in 2004.


The 25-year-old has made just 72 league starts in his eight seasons in north London, the last of which came in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat against Wigan back in April.


Tuttosport suggest Juventus are strong favourites to land the centre-back in the summer.


While Wenger is unlikely to add any defensive signings this summer, Djorou’s lack of first team action could mean he is tempted to try his hand elsewhere.


Juventus secured their first Serie A title since 2003 this season and have been linked with a series of high-profile move for some of Europe’s leading players.

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