Wolves’ hopes of signing a new centre-half have reportedly taken a hit despite having convincing talks with Juventus.

According to a report from Calcio Mercato, Wolverhampton Wanderers could miss out on signing Juventus’s Daniele Rugani due to the player’s preference.

The 25-year-old has fallen down the pecking order in Turin since the arrivals of Matthijs de Ligt and Merih Demiral, but Juventus’s stance on the player’s future was unclear until recently. 

The report reveals that skipper Giorgio Chiellini’s return to training has given the Italian champions enough cover in central defence and they would be willing to cash in on Rugani this summer.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves have been keen on the Italian and the club through Jorge Mendes have made convincing arguments which could sway the deal their way. However, Rugani’s personal preference is Arsenal due to their status of being the bigger club at the moment. 

Arsenal have reportedly enquired about an option to sign the defender on a two-year loan deal before securing his services permanently. However, Juventus would much rather prefer an immediate sale of Rugani for a sum which could be beyond Arsenal’s reach this summer.

With just over two days left in the English transfer window, both Arsenal and Wolves will have to battle hard to have any chances of securing the deal but Rugani’s wishes of a move to the Emirates could hurt Nuno Santo’s chances of sealing the deal for the highly-rated Italian defender.    

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