Mertesacker Replacement? Arsenal Plot Move To Sign Powerful 6ft2 CB

 Reports doing the rounds this morning suggest Arsenal supporters could be seeing a new face in their defence line come January, with the Gunners currently in the market for a new centre-back.

Italian news outlet Tuttosport claim Arsenal are keeping tabs on Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, who is reportedly frustrated with lack of game time at Turin this term.

And Calciomercato reveal that the Gunners are ready to do business with the Serie A champions if things finally turn sour between the young defender and his club.

Rugani, 21, had his contract bought by Juventus in February after two successful seasons at Empoli. But the centre-back is yet to impose his presence at Massimiliano Allegri’s side, with just one substitute appearance coming in a Champions League game against Sevilla.

There are claims Rugani is determined to leave Juve and the club are also ready to let him leave on a loan deal. If Arsenal want to sign him permanently, they will have to cough up a fee of around £25m.

The Italian defender is adept with aerial balls and always makes the defence his primary objective. Rugani is currently behind the likes of Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli and would jump at the chance to play regular football at Arsenal.

At 31, Mertesacker is within an age bracket where his footballing career will likely be waning and, it would be a shrewd piece of business by Arsene Wenger should he succeed in bringing in Rugani.

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