Arsenal’s need for a new centre-back isn’t anything new, although that’s something Arsène Wenger is likely to address in the summer, mostly because he can’t buy anyone anymore since the transfer window is shut until then.
One man who has been on their radar for a while now, as revealed to a source close to a player to Sport Witness back in 2015, is Juventus’ Daniele Rugani.
The Italy international has enjoyed a lot more game time this season since the departure of Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan, and, at 23, is slowly becoming a reliable option in Max Allegri’s side when called upon.
That didn’t stop Arsenal from asking about him, however, as revealed by his agent to Radio Sportiva, relayed by Calciomercato on Monday.
He said: “Daniele is doing well, he’s happy. Arsenal? They didn’t make an offer, but they did show their interest. We respect Juventus.”
Things have changed since 2015, and now it’s hard to see the young defender ever leaving Juventus on his own terms, unless something changes drastically in the future.
Wenger might have to start looking elsewhere.