Arsenal Transfer News: Daniele Rugani Blow, Latest Reece Oxford Rumours

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2016

COMO, ITALY - JUNE 04:  Daniele Rugani of Italy U21 speaks to the media during a press conference at the club's training ground on June 4, 2015 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has made it clear reported Arsenal transfer target Daniele Rugani is not for sale, while the Gunners are eyeing West Ham United starlet Reece Oxford.

As reported by Wally Downes Jr. of the Sun, Rugani hasn't seen much of the pitch during his first season with the Bianconeri, leading to plenty of speculation interested clubs like Arsenal could move for his signature in the summer.

But Allegri maintains the 21-year-old isn't going anywhere, and fans should be patient with the former Empoli star:

At Juventus he met four players among the strongest in Europe ahead of him and had to adapt to a completely different playing system.

He must not be pressured. The same people who want him on the pitch now will crucify him as soon as he makes a mistake.

Managing Rugani and the other youngsters is down to me, so I have to do this to my best. Rugani is and will be the future of Juventus and Italian football. Best not to hurry.

The centre-back established himself as one of the best young defenders in Europe while on loan with Empoli last season, playing every second of the Serie A campaign without running into a single booking, per

He returned to Turin during the summer for his first stint with the Juventus senior side but played only a minor role during the first half of the season. That shouldn't have come as much of a surprise, as Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli all sat in front of him in the pecking order, while Martin Caceres also saw more playing time.

Rugani's role has expanded in the past few weeks, and with Caceres and Chiellini both out with an injury, the youngster is expected to feature a lot more moving forward. He has looked impressive in limited action so far, but he's yet to be tested by a top forward.

Here's a look at some of his highlights:

Rugani relies more on technique, vision and patience than brute strength, and despite his young age, he's already a remarkably polished defender. There's a reason Juventus decided against sending him out on loan again, despite the strong competition for minutes: He's ready to contribute at the highest level.

The lack of playing time may have fuelled transfer rumours, but a move never seemed likely. Rugani knew full well three of Italy's best defenders would sit ahead of him in the pecking order when he moved back to Turin, and the youngster has had the chance to learn from all three the past six months.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror's John Cross reports Arsenal are preparing an £8 million move for Oxford, the 17-year-old West Ham sensation who has reportedly made a huge impression on Gunners chief scout Steve Rowley.

West Ham United's English defender Reece Oxford runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium in London on August 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO / IKIMAGES  RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE.
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Oxford more than held his own in the 2-0 win over the Gunners in the first match of the 2015-16 Premier League season, and while he hasn't featured much for the senior side since, he's still widely regarded as one of the top prospects in English football.

Capable of playing as a centre-back or defensive midfielder, the teenager already boasts an impressive physique and maturity well beyond his years. Copa90 took a look at the wunderkind:

While there's little doubt the likes of Arsenal are keeping an eye on the budding star, it will take a lot more than £8 million to convince West Ham to sell. The Hammers are about to move into a new stadium and are keen to join the Premier League's elite clubs, and they'll need star talents like Oxford to do so.

The club has no clear need to sell, but even if they wanted to, West Ham would hold out for a lot more money than £8 million. It's hard to see too many clubs breaking the bank for a 17-year-old with limited Premier League experience, so don't expect Oxford to leave east London anytime soon.