• Transfers: Arsenal given huge boost in pursuit of star Serie A centre-back

    (Team Talk) Arsenal’s chances of landing Mehdi Benatia have been given a boost, according to Calciomercato.

    The centre-back joined Juventus in 2016, but could be set to leave after just two seasons.

    Calciomercato claims that Juventus are searching for replacements in case Benatia does depart – but he is not yet on the transfer list.

    Arsenal are interested in the 31-year-old, but they face competition from Benatia’s first club, Marseille.

    The Morocco captain could be considering his future after the World Cup.

    He made 20 appearances for Max Allegri’s side this season, less than fellow centre-backs Daniele Rugani, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini.

    Juventus would likely want more than £20m for the defender, who scored two goals in this season’s Coppa Italia final.

    Arsenal are also hopeful of signing another Juventus defender, Stephan Lichtsteiner, on a free transfer, when his contract expires in June.

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