The agent of Benedikt Howedes has revealed that his client turned down a move to Arsenal this summer.
The Gunners approached the defender’s representative in a last ditch effort to sign a centre-half.
Howedes, who had made 334 appearances for Schalke was keen to leave the German side this summer after being stripped of the captaincy.
The World Cup winner became a top target for the Gunners who sold Gabriel Paulista to Valencia this summer.
Howedes eventually agreed a one-year loan move to Juventus with an option to buy for £12million – but his agent Volker Struth has confirmed Arsenal, Roma and Leicester also expressed a strong interest.
‘There were talks with Roma, Leicester City and Arsenal in London because we heard here that Mustafi was courted by Inter Milan,’ Struth said.
‘[But Juventus] was Benni’s favourite from the start.
‘Even if Schalke would have done a great job, you want to go to a club like Juve if the chance is there. Juventus is the jackpot.’
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