Juventus Transfer News: Latest on Daniele Rugani, Mattia Caldara Rumours
According to Calciomercato.com’s Kaustubh Pandey, Arsenal have been chasing Rugani for some time, but the former Empoli man won’t depart for a fee below €40 million. Even with that valuation, the Bianconeri would rather keep him.
The same holds true for Caldara, with the club knocking back a €35 million offer already. The 23-year-old, who is currently on loan at Atalanta, will move to Turin in the summer and will not be brought in as Rugani’s replacement.
There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the pending arrival of Caldara, who has emerged as one of Italy’s top defensive talents in the last two seasons. Juventus moved quickly on the youngster, signing him in January of 2017 but leaving him in Bergamo to continue his development.
Since then, Caldara has only improved. The centre-back blends great physical ability with solid vision, playing something of a throwback style of football that will remind fans of current Juventus star Giorgio Chiellini.
Caldara is more mobile than the 33-year-old, but like Chiellini, he won’t dazzle with his passing range. Instead, he’ll attack crosses, make plenty of crunching tackles and clear his fair share of balls. He also has an uncanny ability to score goals and loves to run forward:
Rugani has already been in Turin for some time, joining the Bianconeri after a remarkable spell with Empoli. Manager Massimiliano Allegri has brought him along slowly, and this season, he’s mostly been a part of the rotation, rather than a regular starter.
When he has played, Rugani has impressed greatly, and the team has been successful:
Daniele Rugani this season:
10 goals conceded
12 clean sheets
Super solid. https://t.co/3mU1DdJqrm