The agent of Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has confirmed that enquiries were made about the Italian international in the January transfer window.
Both Arsenal and Tottenham are reportedly interested in the 23 year old and speaking to Radio Vecchia Signora (quotes via Football-Italia.net), Davide Torchia revealed that there were clubs pursuing the player:
“Was he close to leaving? If other clubs asked about him, it means he’s a strong lad. Juventus, however, have never given consideration to these enquiries. They know they have a gem at home.”
Rugani has struggled for game time since November, with his last start coming in Juve’s last league defeat; a 3-2 loss to Sampdoria. His displays have not lived up to expectations, with many believing him to be Italy’s next World Class defender.
With Arsenal having offered £12m for Jonny Evans on deadline day, it was clear that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was seeking out defensive cover in the January transfer window.
The significant £60m outlay on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang however would have limited his options in terms of bringing in more recruits last month. Rugani has been valued as high as €40m which suggests a bid from Arsenal in January was always going to be unlikely.