Maurizio Sarri could finally get his man, after unsuccessfully trying to bring Rugani to Stamford Bridge this summer. The arrival of Rugani could raise questions about David Luiz’s future as his contract is due to expire in the summer.
Davide Torchia, the agent of Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, spoke to Radio Sportiva about the future of his client, with the Italian centre-back being linked heavily with a move to Chelsea during the summer just gone. Rugani’s current Juventus contract will expire in the summer of 2021 yet reported negotiations in the past weeks have been in an attempt to extend Rugani’s deal to 2023.
“The words of Rugani’s father (who attacked the Bianconeri for the poor employment reserved by Allegri) are not a controversy to someone or to the company, but it is an incentive for the boy to take back the place. There have been many requests over the years, including Chelsea, but Juventus has never wanted to sell him because they believe in him, sooner or later we will talk about the new contract, but the club decides how and when.”
The Chelsea boss Sarri worked with the young defender at Empoli and wants to be reunited with the Italian. Rugani was one of Sarri’s top transfer targets in the summer, but he was unsuccessful in bringing him to London.
However, earlier this month the player’s agent jetted into London to hold talks with Chelsea and Juve chiefs. Rugani has struggled for minutes with the Serie A side, this season he has made just three appearances, but Juventus have been reluctant to let him go from their clutches with a fee believed to be £25million.
On the other hand, Arsenal have been closely monitoring Rugani’s situation but Sarri’s previous relationship with the player appears to have given them the edge over their London rivals. So, it’d be interesting to see how these two teams battle for this young talent.
Chelsea’s defeat against Tottenham and a shocking result against Wolves have made their defence look vulnerable of late. David Luiz is not performing according to expectations and Rugani could be a good signing as the Blues don’t have alternatives with an aging Cahill on the bench.