Juventus and Sassuolo met last week to discuss a possible move for Manuel Locatelli. By all accounts, it was productive and, as a result, there’s another Locatelli-related meeting on the docket for some point this week. And if you’re in the camp of wanting Locatelli to join Juventus, then this is good because the more the two clubs talk, then the possibility of the young Italian coming to Turin seems like a good possibility.
With Juve and Sassuolo talking, reports on how the deal might be structured have started to come to light. Juventus, due mostly to their current financial crunch, want to do things in a way that would mean less money up front this summer and give them a chance to rebound a little bit as fans come back into Allianz Stadium.
Sassuolo, apparently, ain’t havin’ it — to an extent. Here’s what Gianluca Di Marzio had to say in his latest update on the Juventus-Sassuolo talks for Locatelli:
The costs, formula and the counterweights was discussed in the first meeting. The second meeting will continue upon the work from the first meeting after the player consented to any possible move.
Sassuolo would not accept a deal based on Chiesa’s transfer to Juventus, which was a two year loan and obligation to buy based on certain conditions. They would be open to an agreement based on a one year loan and a fixed obligation to buy.
Translation: Sassuolo doesn’t want to do a deal with Juventus for Locatelli that involves a two-year loan deal with a fixed price two years down the road. They will, however, be willing to entertain Locatelli signing with Juventus on a loan deal for the 2021-22 season with an obligation to buy come next summer.
The good news in all of this remains the fact that nobody is reporting that Sassuolo’s asking price is the €40 million figure that we’ve been hearing about for weeks now.
Juventus has, according to previous reports, tried to insert young defender Radu Dragusin into the deal to try and bring down the amount of money they will have to pay Sassuolo when the obligation to buy actually kicks in. Juve would also pay around €30 million — broken up between a loan and permanent transfer fee, of course — as part of the proposed deal for Locatelli.
It has also been widely reported that Juventus and Locatelli have already agreed to personal terms on a five-year deal worth €3 million net a season.