As per a report from SportItalia’s Alfredo Pedulla, Arsenal have agreed on the personal terms of a contract with Juventus defender Daniele Rugani.
25-year-old centre-half Rugani came up through the youth ranks of Juve, before an impressive loan spell with Empoli from 2013 to 2015 eventually saw the Italian handed the chance to impress as part of the Bianconeri’s first-team setup.
After playing a bit-part role over the seasons that followed, Rugani went on to rack up 22 Serie A starts during the 2017/18 season, finally beginning to suggest that he may go on to fulfill his undoubted potential.
As such, the Juventus hierarchy no doubt felt as though the 7-time capped international would eventually develop into a home-grown long-term successor to the famed trio of Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini.
This past season, however, saw Rugani, in the eyes of many, regress.
The stopper often looked overly timid at the heart of Max Allegri’s back-4, with Bonucci’s return from AC Milan having resulted in Rugani notching just 15 league appearances.
The Old Lady’s business on the transfer market this summer, meanwhile, will have done little in terms of reassuring the stopper.
Juve have brought in a trio of up and coming central-defenders over the last couple of months, in the form of Matthijs de Ligt, Merih Demiral and Cristian Romero (returned to Genoa on loan).
Arsenal clinch agreement
As such, as things stand, it remains altogether unclear whether Rugani has a long-term future in Turin.
And, if the latest reports are to be believed, then the stopper’s Allianz Stadium departure appears to be inching closer.
According to Alfredo Pedulla of SportItalia, Rugani has agreed personal terms with Premier League giants Arsenal.
The deal would see the 25-year-old earn 4 million Euro-per-season, plus bonuses.
If it now up to Arsenal to secure an agreement with Juventus.
Pedulla adds, though, that a two-year loan with obligation to buy, worth a total of 40 million Euro, is in the pipeline.
— Alfredo Pedullà (@AlfredoPedulla) August 6, 2019