Arsenal have had little success in their pursuit of Juventus defender Daniele Rugani according to reports.

Arsenal’s interest in the 23-year-old goes back to 2015, when he was having an excellent loan spell at Empoli.

Since then, he’s become a part of the Juventus squad, but has yet to truly establish himself as first choice.

That has continued to give Arsenal hope of signing him, but according to Tuttosport they’ve had bids repeatedly turned down.

TS report that Arsenal have now had a bid of £35m turned down by Juventus.

This follows on from a similar report last February, when Arsenal backed down because Juventus wouldn’t even accept £30m.

Rugani has made 10 appearances for Juventus in Serie A this season.

The sale of Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan forced them to shuffle their defensive options to find a new combination.

He’s spent the last two games on the bench, as Medhi Benatia has taken his spot.

Arsenal will be in the market for a new defender when Per Mertesacker retires in the summer.

We’ll see if they’ll try to sign Rugani again, and if Juventus would be a little more willing to sell him.

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