Arsenal see £35m bid rejected

Arsenal have had a £35m bid for Medhi Benatia rejected by Italian champions Juventus according to reports in Italy.

The Gunners have been linked with a number of centre backs over the course of the last six months, including Virgil van Dijk, Jonny Evans, and fellow Juventus defender Daniele Rugani.

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However, according to Calciomercato, Arsenal are actually interested in signing Rugani’s Juventus team mate Mehdi Benatia.

The report claims that Arsene Wenger had tabled a £35m bid for the Morocco defender, but that has swiftly been rejected by the Italian champions who are keen to keep their defender who has established himself as a first regular following the summer departure of Leonardo Bonnuci to AC Milan.

The centre back has a wealth of experience, spending time at both Roma and Bayern Munich before moving to the Turin club,

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