Arsenal are the latest in a string of teams to show interest in Juventus centre-back Angelo Ogbonna, with Sevilla and Atlético Madrid also interested in the Italian. As both sides are looking for a quality centre-back, first-teamer or otherwise, there could be a fierce battle between the sides to secure the former Torino player’s signature.
A centre-back by trade, Ogbonna can also cover on the left side of defence, showcasing his versatility. He signed for a fee that could rise to €15m from Torino last season, after Juve fought off the likes of Manchester United to sign the player, who has been in the spotlight after several impressive seasons.
Despite the high fee paid by Juve, the defender has not been able to knock the likes of Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli away from their first-team place, with Leonardo Bonucci also playing ahead of him, leaving him as fourth choice under Antonio Conte at the club. Although he was far down in the pecking order, he played 19 times in total for the club last season.
Ogbonna is one of many players on the rumoured departure list from Juve, with Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba linked with sensational moves to the Premier League, Vidal being heavily linked to Manchester United and Paul Pogba to Chelsea. Ogbonna could easily be the first of the three names to leave the club, with a price tag of just £9.5m being put on the player.
This would represent a good business for Arsenal who are in the lookout for a centre-back replacement for likely departing captain – Thomas Vermaelen, who has been heavily linked to Manchester United this summer and has even been spotted with former Arsenal man Robin van Persie at a beach during the break.
Although Arsenal might have so far in the transfer market this summer splashed out £66 million on four players. But the Gunner’s would still gladly welcome the chance to bring in the versatile Italian to the club as he represent a perfect replacement for Vermaelen with the 26-year-old not so eager to break the bond already existing between Arsenal’s first team centre-back, and would gladly play as a third choice centre-back being a more better option to the fourth position he currently occupies at Juventus.
What would you make of this deal Arsenal fans?