Arsenal did not sign Daniele Rugani during the transfer window because Juventus insisted on an obligation to buy clause.
Tuttosport claim the Gunners were keen to loan the Italian international, but didn’t want to commit to buying him.
Juventus pushed for the clause to be inserted, but head of football Raul Sanllehi was opposed to the idea, and the club therefore walked away.
The 25-year-old had emerged as an alternative target late on in the window, with RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano proving far too expensive.
Arsenal failed to reach an agreement over Rugani, which then pushed them towards David Luiz, who joined the club on transfer deadline day for a reported fee of £8 million (Sky Sports).
Time will tell if Luiz proves to be a good signing for Arsenal, and it will also suggest whether Sanllehi pulling the plug on Rugani was a good idea.
One would imagine that at just £8 million, Luiz represents decent value given how long he’s played in the Premier League.
Rugani is a great defender who is a comfortable ball-player like Luiz, but he would have been a riskier signing.
That does perhaps suggest why Sanllehi was reluctant for an obligation to buy clause.