Arsenal to launch bid to sign Juventus centre-half Daniele Rugani on loan

first_imgArsenal to launch bid to sign Juventus centre-half Daniele Rugani on loan Metro Sport ReporterSunday 28 Jul 2019 11:48 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares Daniele Rugani has emerged as a transfer target for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are set to launch a bid to sign Juventus defender Daniele Rugani on loan.With club captain Laurent Koscielny effectively on strike and Rob Holding unlikely to make his first team return after 10 months out with a knee injury until the end of September, Unai Emery remains in desperate need of defensive reinforcements, despite a recent flurry of transfer activity.The signing of Dani Ceballos on a season-long loan from Real Madrid was confirmed on Thursday, while Arsenal are growing increasingly confident of prising Kieran Tierney from Celtic.Nicolas Pepe is expected to arrive from Lille in a club-record £72million deal next week, but William Saliba represents the only defensive signing the club has made so far this summer and the French teenager has, in any case, been immediately loaned back to Saint-Etienne.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Comment The fitness of Georgio Chiellini could impact on Arsenal’s hopes of signing Daniele Rugani (Picture: Getty)center_img Matthijs de Ligt could restrict first team opportunities for Daniele Rugani at Juventus (Picture: Getty)According to Turin-based Corriere Torino, Arsenal will now turn their attentions to Rugani, whose first team opportunities are likely to be restricted by the presence of Matthijs de Ligt who signed from Ajax earlier this month.Rugani made 20 appearances in all competitions for Juventus last season and is valued at around  €40m.Arsenal are unlikely to be able to raise the funds for a permanent transfer but will explore the option of a loan deal, but that could reportedly hinge on the fitness of veteran Giorgio Chiellini who is currently nursing a calf injury.Chelsea were reported to have made an ‘unthinkable’ offer for Rugani last summer with Maurizio Sarri, now in charge of Juventus, having identified the centre-half as a top talent during his spell at Empoli.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisementlast_img

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