The agent of Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has this evening revealed that Premier League outfit Arsenal have expressed an interest in his client’s services.
Rugani, a 23-year-old central defender, has long been regarded as one of, if not the most gifted young stopper in all of Italian football, and has already established himself as a regular in the Azzurri’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 been inevitably 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.
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal have been the side most persistently linked with a bid for Rugani, with the North Londoners having been openly chasing central defensive additions during the January transfer window.
‘Expressed a liking’
Speaking in an interview with Radio Sportiva earlier today, Davide Torchia, Rugani’s agent, confirmed that Arsenal had indeed expressed an interest in his client, though they had not yet followed up on their ‘liking’ of the Italian with an offer:
‘Daniele’s doing well, I’m happy for him.’
‘Arsenal? They didn’t launch any assaults for him. They expressed a liking for him, but we have respect for Juventus.’