Saturday February 24 2018
Arsenal step up Rugani chase

Reports continue to grow that Arsenal are targeting Juventus defender Daniele Rugani for next season.

The 23-year-old already has four senior Italy caps under his belt, having been a key member of the Under-21 side.

Juve took the centre-back from Empoli when he was still at youth academy level and eventually paid €5m in 2015.

Arsene Wenger is a long-time admirer of Rugani and Rai Sport added to the reports that Arsenal will make a summer bid.

He has really struggled for playing time in Turin, managing 16 competitive appearances this season, contributing one goal and an assist.

Rugani is under contract until June 2021 and was hoping to be bumped up the pecking order with Leonardo Bonucci’s transfer to Milan over the summer, but Medhi Benatia or Andrea Barzagli tend to get the nod with Giorgio Chiellini.

Napoli would also be in the running if Rugani were to be sold, as Coach Maurizio Sarri already worked with him at Empoli.

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