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Report: Arsenal want 24-year-old who turned down £44.2m Chelsea move last summer

Arsenal are eyeing up a loan deal for Juventus central defender Daniele Rugani, according to Corrierre Torino, as per the Daily Mirror.

They report that with the Gunners still needing a central defender because William Saliba won’t arrive until 2020 but also operating on a strict budget, a loan deal may suit them.

Unai Emery has already got one high-profile loan deal over the line – Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos – and is apparently keen on another for the 24-year-old Italian.

Rugani’s agent said (Daily Express) last week that his client turned down a move to Chelsea last summer, when Maurizio Sarri was in charge, and he is now his manager at Juventus.

(Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

This one could make sense and with the arrival of Matthijs de Ligt in Turin, Rugani has likely been shunted down a defensive pecking order which is already so tough to climb.

He has a great amount of talent and has been touted as part of a new generation of Italian defenders but hasn’t got the gametime yet to show really what he can do.

That’s where a move to Arsenal could work for all parties, getting him in for a year until Saliba can come and complete his big switch.

The fact that he snubbed Chelsea last summer would be an added bonus, with the Evening Standard reporting back in October that the Blues made a £44.2 million bid.

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