Update on Arsenal Targets Daniele Rugani and Merih Demiral’s Juventus Futures

​Juventus chief Fabio Paratici has insisted that defender Merih Demiral is not for sale, despite his lack of playing time and reported interest from a plethora of top sides.

However, Paratici has conceded that Daniele Rugani could leave the club if the right offer came in. 

Turkish centre back Demiral joined Juventus from Sassuolo for 18m over the summer prior to the appointment of Maurizio Sarri. 

Demiral has been starved of playing time since his move to the Italian giants, but has impressed during his two appearances for the club – most recently helping Juve to a clean sheet against Bayer Leverkusen.

​Juventus were believed to be considering making a quick profit on Demiral and selling up in January, with the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal, AC Milan and Roma all reportedly interested in the highly-rated 21-year-old. 

However, sources in Italy have reported that Juventus are not prepared to sell the young centre back.

Italian sports journalist ​Nicolò Schira wrote on Twitter: Despite the insistent pressing of Milan and Tottenham, Paratici does not change his mind: Merih Demiral is not on the market.”

Despite refusing to part company with Demiral, Juventus are still looking to offload players, having failed to do so over the summer, and would instead opt to sell Italian defender Daniele Rugani if the price was right.

Schira added: “Possibly in the case of an important offer Daniele [Rugani] can leave.”

Juventus would most likely make quite some profit from the sale of Rugani, who moved to the Old Lady from Empoli in 2013 for just €150,000.

Daniele Rugani

Like Demiral, Rugani has been restricted to playing time this season, appearing just once in Serie A and twice in the Champions League.

With Rugani four years Demiral’s senior, it is understandable that Juventus would be inclined to hang onto their younger asset.

A selection of European sides would be interested in securing Rugani’s signature. AC Milan and Arsenal have both been linked with a move for the 25-year-old, as the pair desperately attempt to fix their defensive frailties. The Gunners also had a loan move for the defender ​turned down over the summer.


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