Juventus have been a frustrating thorn in the side of Arsenal’s transfer plans throughout Mikel Arteta and Edu’s tenure as partners in the recruitment machine of the club. Transfer targets have opted against a switch to north London in favour of Turin, and then the Bianconeri have tried to poach the Gunners’ best talent too.
In the summer of 2021, Arsenal made a move for Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli. However, despite a sizeable offer from the Gunners, Juve managed to agree a two-year loan deal with a side they have good relations with and pulled off quite the financial coup for the Italian.
Six months later and Arsenal spent much of the January transfer window trying to convince Dusan Vlahovic to come to the club.
However, Juventus came in again and agreed on a deal with the player and Fiorentina to sign the young striker. Arsenal had negotiations over a potential loan deal for Arthur Melo, although, in the end, nothing materialised with The Old Lady.
In the summer, it was time not for Juve to steal a target but to try to tempt one of Arsenal’s stars. According to Tutto Mercato, Juventus wanted Gabriel Magalhaes to be a potential replacement for Matthijs de Ligt, further claiming a deal of €47m (£40.1) would be enough to convince Arsenal to sell.
However, Arsenal have stood firm on the player and Edu, and Mikel Arteta have no intention of allowing the Brazilian to leave. He remains a crucial part of the club’s future, and only a ridiculous price tag could cause the side to waver.
Juventus have apparently given up their hope and conceded defeat in this regard. Massimiliano Allegri’s side have instead moved to another Brazilian centre-half.
Juve are rivalling Inter Milan for the signing of Bremer, according to Italian broadcaster SportMediaset via SempreInter. Juve are willing to pay more than Inter, with a potential bid reaching €45m (£38.4).
Gabriel will therefore compete with Ben White, William Saliba, Rob Holding and, for now, Pablo Mari. The latter has been consistently linked with a potential exit, although he is the only other left-footed centre-half option beyond Gabriel.
This can hopefully be a sign of the tide turning and Arsenal regaining ground on Juventus. Should the Gunners want to reach their targets, competing with and beating, the Italian giants will need to be a regular occurrence.