Juventus reject £17.6m bid from Arsenal


Arsenal appear to have identified a replacement for Alexis Sanchez as they attempt to haggle with Juventus over Juan Cuadrado.

The Sun report that the Gunners have had an initial £17.6million bid turned down, with the Old Lady insisting he will not be sold for less than £30million.

Tottenham are also thought to be keen on the former Chelsea man, who is not guaranteed a starting place under Max Allegri despite his impressive form.

The 29-year-old, who was sent off in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid earlier this month, could therefore be sold to finance Juve’s other summer business.


Allegri is hoping to bring in both Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa and Fiorentina’s Federico Bernardeschi, but they do not have the budget to spend that kind of money without selling at least one of their current crop of players.

If Arsenal do indeed view Cuadrado as a successor to Sanchez, then they could be disappointed when it comes to goals. The attacking midfielder scored just three goals in all competitions last season, though one of them was a sensational strike against Inter Milan.

Sanchez, meanwhile, scored 24 goals in the Premier League alone, even if he was often forced to operate as a forward because of Arsene Wenger’s injury worries.

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