Arsenal failed to secure services of Juventus out-of-favour defender Daniele Rugani because they were unwilling to commit to buying the Serie A champions centre-back at the end of a loan spell, reports in Italy claim.
Unai Emery put Italian defender on his transfer wish list this summer as he looked to strengthen his defensive end ahead of the 2019/20 season.
However, it was David Luiz who rocked up at the Emirates instead as the Gunners finalised a shock £8m deadline day deal with the Blues.
Rugani now looks set for Serie A giants AS Roma, with talks between their sporting director Gianluca Petrachi, Italian champions, Juventus chief Fabio Paratici and potentially the defender’s agent taking place on Tuesday.
It seems AS Roma will have to go one step further than the Gunners were prepared to get the Italy international on their board
According to Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, the North London club were not willing to agree to a clause that would almost guarantee them to secure services of the 25-year-old defender.
Emery explained his thinking on Luiz on the bench after Aubameyang’s strike sealed an opening game for Arsenal.
“I explained yesterday that the circumstances are different,” Emery said
“David Luiz did pre-season with another team and he is okay to play physically but he only trained completely with us yesterday.
“On Friday he did 30 minutes with us. I was thinking to give them confidence to work together because they were working well together, Sokratis and Chambers.
“Nicolas Pepe came one week ago and physically he needs to get his best fitness to be ready to play 100 per cent for 90 minutes. I think that today 20 minutes is good for him.
“And Ceballos is in the middle because he came before Pepe but he got an injury and he stopped training. But he needs to know the Premier League, so today was important for him and for us
Next up for the Gunners is Saturday’s lunch-time kick-off against Burnley that will be their first home game of the new 2019/20 season.