Arsenal make offer to sign 25-year-old as Emery eyes late move for centre-back

By on August 1, 2019

According to reports in Italy via the Daily Mail, Arsenal have made an offer to sign Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani on an initial two-year loan as Unai Emery looks to shore-up his defence before the window closes.

Emery has focussed most of his attention so far this summer on strengthening his attacking options with Nicolas Pepe set to follow Gabriel Martinelli in moving to north London. We’ve also signed young defender William Saliba but he’ll spend this season on loan at St-Etienne.

Many fans have been crying out for the club to sign a new centre-back, which is understandable given how Laurent Koscielny is trying to force a move back to France while we’re trying to offload flop Shkodran Mustafi to anyone that will have him.

It looks like Emery is hoping to get another defender on board before the August 8th deadline and he’s found his target as the Daily Mail are citing a report from the newspaper version of Gazzetta dello Sport that claims we’ve made an approach for Rugani.

The Italian publication says Arsenal have offered to sign the 25-year-old on a two year loan but it remains to be seen whether the proposal will be accepted by Juventus as they may prefer to sell on a permanent basis.

Rugani was once regarded as one of the best young centre-backs in Italian football but his career has stagnated as he’s struggled to force his way into the Juventus first team on a regular basis with Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci ahead of him in the pecking order.

The Italian international is now going to find first team football even harder to come by following the big-money arrival of Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax and although Juventus are looking to balance the books, it’s not clear whether they’re prepared to loan Rugani or demand a permanent transfer.

Let’s see how things go but I think Rugani would be an excellent addition to the Arsenal squad and if we could land him on a two-year loan and offload Mustafi then it would be a superb piece of business.