JUVENTUS’ defence has been the spine of their latest success but it may also value them one in every of their up-and-coming children
The imperious trio of Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini had been nicknamed the BBC – like Barcelona’s MSN or Actual Madrid’s personal BBC – to have a good time their union.
However even after Bonucci made the shock transfer to Milan in the summertime there was little alternative for Daniele Rugani.
The 23-year-old was seen as the subsequent era round which the defence might be re-built. However Medhi Benatia has slotted in and now Rugani is an Arsenal switch goal.
However who’s the Italian? We requested out pals at Soccer Whispers to profile the Juventus defender.
Who’s Daniele Rugani and the place does he come from?
Born in Lucca, a metropolis in Tuscany, Rugani has lengthy been earmarked for nice issues and was as soon as known as “the way forward for Juventus and Italian soccer” by Bianconeri coach Max Allegri.
Nevertheless, lengthy earlier than any of that, the 6ft 3ins stopper grew up enjoying his youth soccer for Empoli, becoming a member of the membership as a six yr previous.
After 12 years with the Azzurri, he joined Juventus on mortgage in 2012.
Too younger to command a spot within the first crew, Rugani performed for the Primavera, lifting the youth model of the Coppa Italia.
However the Turin outfit noticed his monumental potential and struck a co-ownership settlement for €500,000 with Rugani remaining at Empoli.
Co-ownerships in Italian soccer aren’t any extra, however the deal meant the Outdated Woman had a stake in Rugani who might proceed his improvement with Empoli.
And he did simply that, making his skilled debut the next season in Serie B.
An everyday on the coronary heart of the defence, Rugani helped his previous membership win promotion to Serie A as runners-up, making 40 appearances and scoring twice alongside the best way.
Having shone within the second tier, Juventus have been spectators as Empoli took to the highest flight.
It rapidly turned obvious he might deal with the step up and, in February 2015, Juventus forked out £3m to make him their participant.
Rugani completed the marketing campaign having performed each minute of Serie A motion for Empoli who secured a second season within the prime flight with a 15th-place end.
With the BBC forward of him at Juventus, Rugani was all the time going to have to attend within the wings.
He watched and realized in his first two seasons, making 11 Serie A begins in every.
Talking in 2015, Allegri pleaded endurance when addressing Rugani’s place on the Juventus Stadium.
“Daniele has a vivid future forward of him, however Juventus have three or 4 of the perfect centre-backs in Europe. It’s past doubt he’s the way forward for Juventus.
Proper now he wants endurance and to proceed coaching.”
This summer season, although, there seemed to be a altering of the guard at Juve with Bonucci shifting to Milan in a £30m deal which left a gaping gap of their defence.
The one fixed in Juventus’ backline this season has been Chiellini, leaving Rugani, 36-year-old Barzagli and the woefully inconsistent Benatia to do battle for begins.
Whereas Rugani has featured extra recurrently this time period, making 10 Serie A begins already, he’s nonetheless not thought-about first alternative – one thing made all of the extra baffling by his continued call-ups for Italy.
Although he performed for the Azzurrini on the 2017 Below-21 European Championships, Rugani has additionally received 4 caps for the senior facet.
What’s his almost definitely vacation spot in January?
Arsenal have been essentially the most concrete hyperlink, although Rugani has additionally been topic of Manchester United switch rumours with Jose Mourinho seemingly eager so as to add one other centre-back.
The larger query is whether or not Allegri will let the 23-year-old go away halfway by the season.
Whereas he hasn’t began each week, he is a crucial member of the squad and getting a alternative at brief discover shouldn’t be best.
How a lot will he value?
A reported £30m is Arsenal’s opening supply however that would effectively be pushed up if Juventus are to lose Rugani in January.
One risk could be together with Shkodran Mustafi as a makeweight.
The German regarded set to hitch Inter in the summertime and might be used as bait to get a deal performed.