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.