Manchester United and Arsenal both considering move for Angelo Ogbonna

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Manchester United and Arsenal are considering swooping for Juventus defender Angelo Ogbonna this summer, recent speculation suggests.

According to reports from Italian sport newspaper Tuttosport that were featured by The Daily Express, those aforementioned Premier League sides - as well as domestic rivals Tottenham - are weighing up moves for Ogbonna with the likes of La Liga champions Atletico Madrid and wealthy Ligue 1 club Monaco also said to be in the race for the 26-year-old's signature.

Indeed, the same source further states that Ogbonna's agent is set to arrive in England over the weekend for talks, although it is not made clear whom exactly he plans to officially converse with.

Nine-cap Italy international Ogbonna - who sadly did not make Cesare Prandelli's 23-man Azzurri squad for the World Cup - initially switched to Juventus from local rivals Torino back in 2013 after a successful seven-year stint at the Stadio Olimpico.

The strong centre-back found it somewhat difficult to establish himself as a regular first-team option during his first season under Antonio Conte, however, and only made 16 domestic appearances for the club with fierce competition provided by the likes of experienced compatriots Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli.

New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is expected to prioritise the signing of a new central defender this summer, with both Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand leaving Old Trafford.

While Ogbonna may not be viewed as quite as impressive a potential signing as Borussia Dortmund man Mats Hummels, he is a talented player nonetheless and would presumably thrive if given the opportunity for slightly more regular first-team football.

Arsenal's defence is arguably not in need of such a major shake-up, although it remains to be seen how much longer Per Mertesacker can last at the elite level.

The potential loss of both captain Thomas Vermaelen - who has unfortunately tumbled down the established pecking order at Arsenal in recent times - and the out-of-contract Bacary Sagna could leave Arsene Wenger on the lookout for at least one new defensive recruit of his own prior to the start of the next domestic season, however.

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