Arsenal willing to buy Bologna centre-back Riccardo Calafiori

Arsenal have reportedly taken the lead in the race to sign Bologna defender Riccardo Calafiori, who has recently attracted interest from Tottenham.

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The 22-year-old center-back made significant contributions to Italy’s Euro 2024 group stage matches but was absent in their Round of 16 defeat to Switzerland due to a suspension.

Calafiori’s stellar performances during the tournament have caught the eye of several top clubs across Europe, suggesting a potential move away from Bologna.

Calafiori has been instrumental in Bologna’s qualification for the Champions League and seems ready to take the next big step in his career.

Initially playing as a left-back or left-sided wing-back, he was transitioned to a center-back role under the guidance of manager Thiago Motta. His ability to initiate attacking plays from the back, thanks to his excellent passing range, has established him as one of Serie A’s top defenders during the 2023–24 season.

Throughout his time with Bologna, Riccardo Calafiori played in 33 matches, scoring 2 goals and providing 5 assists.

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

According to, his current market value stands at €30 million.

Renowned transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Arsenal are set to engage in initial discussions with Calafiori to better understand his situation. While Bologna is keen to keep their prized asset, they are reluctantly open to offers in the vicinity of €45 million.

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This potential acquisition highlights Arsenal’s commitment to strengthening their defensive lineup ahead of the new season, with Calafiori emerging as a key target for the North London club. Sources within Arsenal’s management have expressed confidence in the possibility of reaching an agreement with Bologna for the talented defender.

Calafiori’s maturity and tactical acumen have left a lasting impression on scouts and coaches, making him a highly sought-after player in the transfer market. His performances in both domestic and international competitions have solidified his reputation as a rising star in European football.

Despite the fierce interest from other top-tier clubs, Arsenal remains determined to secure Calafiori’s services, viewing him as a long-term investment for their defense. Negotiations are expected to intensify in the coming weeks as both clubs work towards a mutually beneficial agreement.

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For Calafiori, who stands at 188 cm, the prospect of joining a prestigious club like Arsenal represents a significant career advancement and an opportunity to showcase his talents on a larger stage. The move would not only enhance his professional growth but also offer him the chance to compete at the highest level in the Premier League.

As the summer transfer window progresses, all eyes will be on whether Arsenal can successfully navigate the complexities of securing Riccardo Calafiori’s signature amid stiff competition from rival clubs. The outcome of this pursuit could have a profound impact on Arsenal’s defensive strategy and their aspirations for the upcoming season.

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Enzo Cattaneo

Naples-born Enzo Cattaneo has spent more than a decade living in Madrid and writing about Spanish football, German football and the Premier League for various Spanish football websites and now he writes about World football for World Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers and rumours pretty much nonstop since the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea.

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