Wolves have turned their attentions to Juventus man Daniele Rugani in their search for a marquee defensive signing, claim reports in Italy.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side had been linked with a surprise move for Benfica defender and Manchester United target Ruben Dias, but the latest reports indicate they have been put off by his huge asking price.
According to Sportitalia, Wolves are now focusing instead on Rugani, who has fallen down the pecking order at Juventus, despite being admired by new coach Maurizio Sarri.
Gazzetta Dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira goes one step further, explaining that the Midlands club are readying a €30m offer for the 25-year-old – which Juventus would prefer to loan offers that had already been tabled by other clubs.
Meanwhile, Alfredo Pedulla claims that Rugani’s agent is expected in London on Monday evening, ready to meet with Juventus director Fabio Paratici to listen to potential offers for his client.
Rugani is also of interest to Arsenal, but Juventus were not keen on the Gunners’ initial offer of a loan. Arsenal have also been linked with RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, but they could still come back in with a fresh offer for Rugani, according to Pedulla.
The journalist also claims that, due to Eric Bailly being injured, even Manchester United cannot be ruled out of the chase – despite signing Harry Maguire from Leicester for a world record fee for a defender today.
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