Arsenal See £25.6m Offer Rejected For Serie A Star

By on March 1, 2017

The January transfer window is now closed but we can still look at deals that failed to get across the line and those being lined-up for the summer. Today, Arsenal are linked with Daniele Rugani….

Arsenal have seen a formal £25.6m (€30m) offer for Daniele Rugani rejected by Juventus with the Serie A giants determined to hang on to the highly-rated defender, according to Calciomercato.

Rugani has emerged as one of the hottest young centre-back’s in Italian football since joining Juventus as a teenager and he enjoyed a hugely successful two-year loan spell at Empoli between 2013 and 2015.

However, the 22-year-old has struggled to hold down a regular first team place under Max Allegri with the youngster starting just 8 Serie A games so far this season.

Arsenal have long been linked with a move for Rugani and it appears we’ve tried to take advantage of his fringe status within the Juve squad by trying to lure him to north London.

Italian outlet Calciomercato claim that Arsene Wenger is a huge fan of Rugani’s and has tabled an opening offer worth £25.6m (€30m) for the Italian international centre-back.

Despite on-going doubts over his position as Arsenal manager, it appears Wenger is still planning for next season and Rugani would be an excellent addition to the squad if we could get a deal agreed.

However, it seems that will be unlikely as Calciomercato claims that our offer was immediately rejected by Juve as despite his lack of regular playing time, they still see Rugani as an important player for the future.

The Serie A champions showed their faith in the defender by tying him down to a fresh contract back in December that runs until 2021 so they are under no pressure to sell any time soon.

We’ll have to wait and see whether we go back in with another offer over the coming months ahead of the summer but I personally think there is very little chance that Juve will cash-in.

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Rugani is under a long-term contract, isn’t agitating for a move and is highly regarded at Juventus so I think he’ll bide his time and look to break in to their first team on a more regular basis next season.

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