Report: Juventus enter race for Arsenal target Daniele Rugani

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The 20-year-old defender has been linked with a transfer to Arsenal.

Rugani is currently co-owned by Empoli and Juventus, and has turned out for the former since making his debut in 2013.

The Italian youth international has since made 62 appearances for the Serie A club, and his impressive performances for the Azzurri have seen the young centre-back linked with a transfer to Arsenal.

A report published by TMW has outlined the Gunners interest in the youngster, and it would be a wise investment, with Rugani considered to be one of the brightest defensive prospects in Italian football. There is no indication that the North London club have made an official approach for him, or how much they would need to pay to secure his services, but there is a definite interest from the Emirates Stadium.

However, Rugani’s co-ownership situation makes life very hard for the Gunners, especially now that the Bianconeri have shown an interest in signing the full ownership rights of the youngster from their Serie A rivals Empoli.

As suggested in the same TMW report, Juve have the option to purchase all the rights for a €3 million fee, as per the original agreement, and are keen for Rugani to become the long-term replacement for the ageing Andrea Barzagli.

Although the monetary benefits of moving to England would far outweigh those of signing for Juventus, the youngster himself may be keen on turning out for the full Bianconeri side - having played for their Primavera team - and he would all but be assured consistent domestic success if he agreed to move to Turin.

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