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According to Sky Sports, Premier League outfit Arsenal are ready to reignite their interest in the signature of Juventus star Daniele Rugani this summer.
Rugani, a 23-year-old central defender, has long been regarded as one of the most gifted young stoppers in Europe, and has already established himself as a regular in Italy’s international setup.
However, despite impressing every time he takes to the pitch, Rugani has often found game-time hard to come by at the Juventus Stadium, with the presence of the likes of Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and the rejuvenated Medhi Benatia at the club having made life difficult for the former Empoli youngster.
As such, Rugani has inevitably been linked with a possible departure from the Serie A champions over the last couple of seasons, with a number of Europe’s top clubs having been named as admirers.
Premier League outfit Arsenal have been the side most persistently linked with a bid for the 7-time capped Azzurri international, with the North Londoners having been openly chasing central defensive additions during the January transfer window.
And, as per the aforementioned report from Sky Sports this afternoon, the Gunners are now ready to reignite their pursuit of Rugani over the coming months, with new manager Unai Emery holding the Italian in high regard.
Sky add that Arsenal are ready to present an offer to Juventus, but, in truth, the report should be taken with a pinch of salt, after Rugani’s agent, Davide Torchia, had the following to say just yesterday during an interview with TuttoJuve:
‘It’s been a very positive season for Daniele.’
‘He’s played more than 1000 minutes in the league and made 26 appearances [in all competitions] including 25 as a starter.’
‘Juventus have always considered him unsellable an have never considered selling him.’
‘The club are very satisfied, they have great respect for the lad and don’t want to deprive themselves of his football qualities.’