According to The Sun, Arsenal have had a two-year loan offer for Daniele Rugani rejected by Juventus.
Whether or not the Gunners return with a second offer and are able to strike a deal with the Turin club remains to be seen.
Unai Emery certainly needs to bolster his backline this summer. Rugani would be a smart way for the Spanish coach to inject some quality into his defensive contingent. If the north London club could agree terms on a loan deal, then the 25-year-old would be a cost-effective addition. However, given a two-year deal was shunned, Arsenal may have to accept a one-year loan deal.
Given Laurent Koscielny’s recent antics, he is likely to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer. The veteran club captain will need to be replaced. On top of that, an upgrade on Shkodran Mustafi is urgently required. The 20-cap Germany international has been a flop since his £35 million arrival in the Premier League in 2016.
If Emery is to lead Arsenal back into the Champions League he must replace underperforming stars such as Mustafi.
It is, therefore, a matter of urgency to recruit a reliable, impressive centre-back this summer. With the transfer deadline looming, time is running out to get this done. Rugani would be a fine signing, but if Arsenal can’t strike a deal with Juventus quickly then they must move on to alternative targets.