As we are well aware of by now, Juventus isn’t the only team trying to sign Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli. Arsenal has tabled a bid, something that Sassuolo’s sporting director has confirmed. There have also been a few other clubs sniffing around and kicking some tires, with Juventus still very much trying to get a deal done to bring the talented Italian to Turin this summer.
That’s a good thing considering Loatelli seems to be very firm in his desire of which club to join.
And that club just so happens to be Juventus, as Nicolo Schira reported early Sunday that Locatelli has turned down offers from Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund. Arsenal have, according to Sassuolo director Giovanni Carnevali, been considered “in the lead” with their €40 million bid for Locatelli, but Juventus continue to have meetings with the Neroverdi, most recently tabling an offer much like how the Federico Chiesa deal with Fiorentina was constructed.
Manuel #Locatelli has rejected #Arsenal and #BVB bids: he has chosen to join to #Juventus and he has already agreed personal terms for a contract until 2026. Juve working to close the deal soon: scheduled a new meeting with #Sassuolo this week to reach an agreement. #transfers https://t.co/JuLyGAYW5d— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) July 18, 2021
Sassuolo, mind you, didn’t take too kindly to Juventus’ latest offer for Locatelli, one that involved a two-year loan with a fixed purchase price of €30 million. Just how much more Juventus are willing to spend on Locatelli remains to be seen seeing as we know that the club’s finances are very much limited despite the need for upgrades this summer.
But what has maintained from the get-go is, according to multiple reports now, is Locatelli’s desire to join Juventus and only Juventus. Arsenal may be offering €40 million, but if Locatelli doesn’t want to go to London then there’s only so much Sassuolo can do about it. Same goes for Dortmund, which as far as we know hasn’t tabled any kind of offer for Locatelli like Juventus and Arsenal have.
Another meeting between Juventus and Sassuolo is expected at some point next week.