The Gunners get a competition for the Italian midfielder from Juventus, but are so far the only club that has made an offer
According to Serie A chief executive Giovanni Carnevali, Arsenal have made an official bid for Sassuolo star Manuel Locatelli.
The Gunners “push hard” for Locatelli amid his strong Euro 2020 campaign with Italy.
However, Juventus are also behind the midfielder and have a meeting with Sassuolo to discuss a possible deal.
What was said?
“Arsenal have made an official bid for Locatelli,” said Carnevali Sky Sport Italy. “They’re pushing hard to sign Manuel, and that’s an important bid. We’ll see.
‘Juventus also want Locatelli and we have a special relationship with them. We have planned a new meeting with Juve.
‘We’re trying to calm the boy down, so I have not yet spoken to him or his agents. We can think about Locatelli’s future, but above all we care about its present and that means Italy is doing well in the Euros. ‘
How would Locatelli fit in with Arsenal?
While the 23-year-old often plays defensive midfield at club level, he has skills to play, which enabled him to fill a more free role at Italy when he had to strike out for Marco Veratti early in the Euros. .
His best match was against Switzerland when he scored two goals in a 3-0 victory in the group stage.
The Gunners are reportedly on the verge of selling Granit Xhaka, and if proven, Locatelli will likely be targeted as a replacement.
Last season, Locatelli was among the best midfielders in the top five leagues in Europe for contests per game, pass rate, progressive passing and progressive runs. These are the four categories in which Xhaka was the best in his career.
Locatelli Development History
The Sassuolo man started at AC Milan’s academy and made his Serie A debut in 2015-’16 as an 18-year-old, but he has taken the hit since leaving the Rossoneri as increased playing time has enabled him has to thrive and regularly become a national team.