Serie A transfer latest: Arsenal linked with Juve defender as Vermaelen replacement

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Juventus moved quickly to hire Massimiliano Allegri as the cub's new manager following the shock departure of Antonio Conte, and they also completed deals to sign Manchester United left back Patrice Evra and Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata last week in a bid to maintain their domination of Serie A. The reigning three-times winners are now lining up a deal to sign Lazio midfield Antonio Candreva, only for the player's agent to warn them off a move.

"Two or three offers have arrived, but so far Lazio have resisted," said Federico Pastorello "Of course he is ambitious and wants to play the Champions League, that is normal, but he has never asked to leave Lazio. How much would he cost? Over €30 million at least, he may even be non-transferable. Lotito is resisting all offers at the moment but we will see what happens in the future."

With more arrivals planned for Juventus, departures are also likely to be on the agenda for Allegri. Right back Mauricio Isla has been strongly linked with a move to Newcastle United, but today it's another Juve defender reportedly attracting interest from a Premier League side.

Centre back Angelo Ogbonna is currently behind Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci in the pecking order, and reports today suggested that with Juve looking to recoup €12m for the Italian international, Arsenal had pondered a move as a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen, who could sign for Manchester United.

Elsewhere, Napoli's search for a central midfielder could soon be over. Rafael Benitez has been linked with a whole host of names from Liverpool's Lucas Leiva to Sandro of Tottenham Hotspur, but it's now believed that Bayer Leverkusen's Christoph Kramer will complete a €13m move to Naples on Monday.

The 23-year-old is set to terminate a loan deal with Borussia Monchengladbach to complete his move having shown promise with Germany at the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

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