Arsenal close in on Locatelli deal
Arsenal lodged an official bid for Sassuolo star Manuel Locatelli, according to the Serie A club’s CEO Giovanni Carnevall.
The Gunners are “pushing hard” for Locatelli while he shows string form in the Euro 2020 campaign with Italy.
However, reports state that Juventus are also chasing the midfielder and have staged a meeting with Sassuolo to discuss a potential deal.
“Arsenal has made an official bid for Locatelli,” Carnevali told Sky Sport Italia. “They’re pushing hard to sign Manuel and it’s an important bid. We will see.
“Also Juventus want Locatelli and we have a special relationship with them. We have a new meeting scheduled with Juve.
“We are trying to leave the lad calm, so I haven’t spoken to him or his agents yet. We can think about Locatelli’s future, but above all, we care about his present and that means Italy doing well at the Euros.”
Will Locatelli fit in at Arsenal?
Though the 23-year-old plays defensive midfield at club level, he has developed his playmaking skills which have enabled him to fill in a more free role with Italy when tasked to cover for Marco Veratti.
His best game of the campaign came was against Switzerland where he bagged two goals in a 3-0 group stage victory.
The Gunners who are rumoured to be on the brink of Xhaka’s sale, and look to Locatelli as his replacement.
Last season, he (Locatelli) ranked among the best midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues for passes attempted per game, pass completion percentage, progressive passes and progressive carries. The four categories Xhaka has been best at throughout his career.
He began his career in Milan’s academy, making his debut in 2015-16 as an 18-year-old, but he’s taken off since leaving the Rossoneri, as he has flourished with regular game time and the trust of the manager.
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