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Bid rejected, Arsenal fail to sign quality defender who would solve key issue

Arsenal faces a race against the clock to transform their below-par defensive ranks. The Gunners have failed in their tries to sign this quality defender.

According to Goal, Arsenal’s two-year loan offer for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has been rejected by the Italian giants.

The goal also understands that the offer from the Premier League giants as well as an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the proposed loan spell.

Rugani’s arrival would transform the north London club’s out of sorts backline, however, Maurizio Sarri’s side doesn’t seem ready to spare the Italy international.

Emery and Rugani
Emery and Rugani

This is a huge setback for the Gunners, with Goal also reiterating that Unai Emery’s side hopes to sign a central defender and a left-back before next Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Given Juventus’ strength at centre-back, Rugani has struggled to win a regular starting spot for the Serie A champions since coming back from a loan spell with Empoli in 2015.

Rugani made twenty appearances across all competitions last season for the ‘Old Lady’.

The goal also understands that Rugani is happy to remain with the Italian giants, the appointment of Maurizio Sarri might be massive for the star’s career as the Italy international enjoyed a decent relationship with the former Chelsea boss during their time together at Empoli.

Emery should be desperately trying to address Arsenal’s problems at centre-back before the beginning of the new season. With Laurent Koscielny sparking controversy this summer and Shkodran Mustafi searching of depth for the Gunners – a new face is needed in the centre of defence.

Arsenal leaked goals last season and the Gunners will find it almost not possible to come back to their former glory unless they transform their underperforming defence a priority.

Rugani has seven caps to his name for Italy and the 25-year-old has all the ability to succeed in the Premier League. The star’s comfort with the ball at his feet would make him a huge success at Arsenal.



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