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Arsenal will look to sign Bologna defender Riccardo Calafiori

Arsenal have reportedly taken the initiative in the pursuit of Bologna‘s defender Riccardo Calafiori, who has recently been linked with Tottenham.

The 22-year-old center-back featured prominently in Italy’s Euro 2024 group stage encounters but was notably absent in their Round of 16 loss to Switzerland, serving a suspension.

Calafiori’s impressive performances during the tournament have piqued the interest of several clubs across the continent, signaling a potential departure from Bologna.

The young talent played a crucial role in Bologna’s qualification for the prestigious Champions League and appears poised to advance to the next stage of his career.

During his tenure with Bologna, Riccardo Calafiori appeared in 33 matches, netting 2 goals and contributing 5 assists to his team’s efforts.

Riccardo Calafiori
Riccardo Calafiori

Additionally, he represented Italy in 5 international matches, showcasing his versatility and skill on the global stage.

Noted transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has indicated that Arsenal are poised to initiate discussions with the player to better grasp his current circumstances.

While Bologna remains eager to retain the services of their prized Italian asset, they are reluctantly prepared to consider offers in the range of €40-45 million.

The potential move underscores Arsenal‘s intent to bolster their defensive ranks ahead of the upcoming season, with Calafiori emerging as a prime target for the London club.

Managerial sources within Arsenal have expressed optimism regarding the feasibility of striking a deal with Bologna for the talented defender.

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Calafiori’s maturity and tactical awareness have made a lasting impression on scouts and coaches alike, positioning him as a sought-after commodity in the transfer market.

The Italian’s prowess in both domestic and international competitions has solidified his reputation as a rising star in European football.


Despite the competitive interest from other top-tier clubs, Arsenal remains determined to secure Calafiori’s signature, viewing him as a long-term investment for their defensive lineup.

Negotiations are anticipated to intensify in the coming weeks as both parties strive to reach a mutually beneficial agreement.

For Calafiori, the prospect of joining a prestigious club like Arsenal represents a significant career progression and an opportunity to showcase his talents on a grander stage.

As the summer transfer window unfolds, all eyes will be on whether Arsenal can successfully navigate the complexities of securing Riccardo Calafiori’s signature amidst stiff competition from rival clubs.

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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.

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