Unai Emery came close to lifting the Europa League in his first season with Arsenal. But he is now desperate to add quality to various areas of his squad this summer and has been scouting for some of the finest names in Europe.
The latest name added to Emery’s list of potential transfer targets is Juventus defender Daniele Rugani.
The arrival of Matthijs de-Ligt means that Maurizio Sarri will have to let go a few of the many defenders he has in his squad at the moment and Arsenal are showing an interest, according to reports from Italian news outfit TMW.
Rugani And His Game
The 24-year-old moved to Turin back in 2012 but spent a couple of years on loan at Empoli, before breaking into the first team at Juventus in 2015.
He made 15 league starts last season, his most so far in his time with the Italian giants but the arrival of the Dutch youngster will once again push him down the pecking order.
Known for his composure with and without the ball, Rugani is a strong centre-half, who loves to dominate his box. He does not slide into tackles, rather, relies on reading the game at the back.
He loves to throw himself around and is adept at playing out from the back. He may give needless fouls away at times but Rugani is a player not prone to mistakes at all and will be a smart addition to most sides in England.
Should Arsenal Sign Him?
With 107 Serie A appearances and seven caps for the national side, Rugani is an experienced and established star, who, at 24, will only get better.
His attributes suit Emery’s style of play and with Arsenal in desperate need of a centre-back, Rugani could well be the answer for their troubles.
Laurent Koscielny does not look like he will be a Gooner next season. Shkodran Mustafi has had his issues and could be relegated to the bench next season. They will have Rob Holding return from injury and Kostas Mavropanos waiting on the sidelines for this role while Sokratis Papastathopoulos is also an option.
But Rugani walks into the first team ahead of all these options and could be a game-changer for Arsenal next season.
Emery is also looking at Pape Abou Cisse as an option, having all but completed a deal for William Saliba. Saliba looks like he will return back to France for the next season so signing Rugani is that much more important for the Gunners.
At 24, the Italian international could solve an impending problem at the Emirates, for years to come and could be a real steal for Arsenal this summer.