According to reports in Italy, Arsenal FC have turned their attention towards Catania’s young right back Gino Peruzzi are scheduled to hold talks with them today.
Arsenal were in need to a right back following the departure of Bacary Sagna, but despite signing Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United, Arsene Wenger is keen to sign another right back as Carl Jenkinson looks to be heading for the exit. Reports in Italy suggest that the Gunners are now keen to sign Catania defender Gino Peruzzi as an understudy for Debuchy this season.
Gino Peruzzi made a name for himself in 2012 when he publicly challenged Neymar before Velez Sarsfield’s Cope Libertadores quarter-final clash against Santos. The Argentina right back backed up his words with a brilliant performance in both the legs as kept Neymar in check.
Following his exploits, Italian side Catania signed him last year and he immediately established himself in the first team. The 22-year-old produced some consistent performances at the back, despite Catania relegation, and grabbed a lot of attention from a host of clubs across Europe.
AC Milan and Udinese are believed to be interested in signing the young defender, who has already made four appearances for the national team, and reports in Italy suggest that Arsenal have joined the race as well.
The Gunners are in the market for another right back despite the arrival of Mathieu Debuchy this summer. Carl Jenkinson’s future at the club has come under a lot of speculation with Newcastle United and West Ham reportedly interested in signing him. Wenger is keen to sign a young right back who can keep Debuchy on his toes and the London club have been linked with Serge Aurier and Atletico Madrid defender Javi Manquillo.
Peruzzi has been scouted by Arsenal for the past two years and Wenger believes he will have a bright future ahead of him. The Argentina right back has maturity beyond his years and has a wonderful understanding of the game. He makes up for his lack of pace with his positional sense and wonderful tackling.
Gianluca Di Marzio reported that the English club are scheduled to hold talks with Catania and Peruzzi’s representatives today and are confident of sealing the deal ahead of other suitors.