Arsenal have made an offer for Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani, according to IlBianconero.com.
The Italian publication has learnt that Arsenal have made a two-year loan offer to sign the Italian centre-back. However, Juventus have reiterated that Rugani remains due to doubts over Giorgio Chiellini’s fitness.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for the centre-back following a more than a poor campaign defensively. The Gunners conceded 51 goals in the Premier League, which was the second-most of any of the top six teams. As well as the number of goals conceded, there have been question marks over the future of a number of the club’s centre-backs.
Laurent Koscielny refused to travel on the club’s tour of the United States and is linked with a move to Bordeaux and Rennes. Meanwhile, Shkodran Mustafi has also been linked with an exit, with BBC journalist David Ornstein claiming Arsenal are in talks with a number of clubs to possibly sell the 27-year-old.
A move for Rugani seems to be a possibility with the 25-year-old struggling for minutes since returning to Turin from his loan spell at Empoli in 2015. Last season the Italian international played just 15 Serie A games for Juventus as he found himself down the pecking order.
The Italy international would be good for Arsenal, especially for manager Unai Emery passing style of play. Rugani had an average pass completion rate of exactly 90% last season (via WhoScored), which was only bettered by Koscielny and Konstantinos Mavropanos, though the latter only made four appearances in the Premier League.
A move would suit the centre-back in terms of that passing style, and with Arsenal’s defence in dire need of reinforcement, Rugani could find himself playing regular football at the Emirates Stadium should he make the move this week.
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