Skip to main content

Arsenal transfer news: Gunners make Manuel Locatelli bid but Italy star prefers Juventus

Who is Manuel Locatelli
(Image credit: PA)

Arsenal have reportedly made a formal bid for Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli, but the Italy international would prefer a move to Juventus.

The 23-year-old shone for the Azzurri with a brace against Switzerland during the group stages at Euro 2020, and looks certain to leave his club this summer.

Juventus (opens in new tab) have long been linked with the playmaker, and Gazzetta dello Sport (opens in new tab) reports that the Turin club have decided to meet Sassuolo’s €40 million (£34m) demands after returning coach Massimiliano Allegri requested the player.

Arsenal (opens in new tab)entered the equation by tabling a bid for Locatelli over the last few days, but the midfielder is determined to join Juve. 

The outlet says that Gunners directors have so far failed in efforts to get in touch with Locatelli, who wants to pounce on his chance to play for one of the biggest teams in Serie A.

The Juventus-Locatelli saga has been dragging on for quite some time now, so it’s no surprise to see another side come in and test the water – especially after his Euro 2020 showing.

Sassuolo will probably be delighted with the timing of Locatelli’s good form at a major tournament, as it gives them a chance to stand firm on their valuation and not accept reductions or part-exchange deals unless it suits them.

He was never going to stay at Sassuolo for long once coach Roberto De Zerbi, who has been instrumental in turning Locatelli into the player he has become over the last three years, left for Shakhtar Donetsk this summer. 

But if Juventus want Locatelli and Locatelli wants Juventus, it seems there is little more Arsenal can do than make their intentions known and hope for the best.

Subscribe to FourFourTwo today (opens in new tab) and get a FREE England Euro 96 shirt!

NOW READ

CALENDAR Euro 2020 fixtures and dates: Full schedule and how to watch every match of the 2021 summer tournament

FOR YOUR HOME Euro 2020 wall chart: Download free with full schedule, fixtures and dates

REFS Euro 2020 referees revealed: who are they, how were they selected and will VAR be in use?

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

FourFourTwo was launched in 1994 on the back of a World Cup that England hadn’t even qualified for. It was an act of madness… but it somehow worked out. Our mission is to offer our intelligent, international audience access to the game’s biggest names, insightful analysis... and a bit of a giggle. We unashamedly love this game and we hope that our coverage reflects that.