Arsenal eye defensive reinforcement for summer transfer window.
Arsenal have sent scouts to watch Torino defender Angelo Obinze Ogbonna, according to French source Mercato365.
The 24 year-old has delivered fine performances over the last few seasons, and with suggestions that he has outgrown his current club, some of the European giants are beginning to circle like vultures.
Goal.com reported late last year that Juventus and Manchester United scouts have been spotted at Torino games, and now it seems Arsenal have entered the race for his signature.
Ogbonna is a cultured centre half with a fine left foot. He is able to bring the ball out of defence with confidence, and distribute the ball with ease.
He is also an immense physical specimen capable of outmuscling almost any other player, and his calm presence at the back allows him to organise a defence and mop up attacks brilliantly.
Though selected in the Italy UEFA Euro 2012 squad, Ogbonna did not actually play. Manager Cesare Prandelli varied his formation from a 3-5-2 with Daniele De Rossi joining Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci in central defence to a 4-1-3-2 with Andrea Barzagli alongside Chiellini, but ultimately went for the more senior names in the squad each match.
Perhaps the younger Ogbonna requires experience in European football, and will have to leave his current club in order to break into the Azzurri starting XI.
If so, Arsenal could come calling, with Arsene Wenger likely concerned by recent performances of current centre backs Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen.