Arsenal are set to rival Juventus for the signing of Manuel Locatelli, the Italy midfielder taking Euro 2020 by storm.
The Gunners have made an official bid for the 23-year-old, in keeping with his Sassuolo chief Giovanni Carnevali.
He informed Sky Sports activities: “They’re pushing arduous to signal Manuel and it’s an necessary bid… we are going to see. Additionally Juventus need Locatelli and we’ve a particular relationship with them. We’ve a brand new assembly scheduled with Juve.”
Locatelli caught everybody’s consideration with two targets towards Switzerland, however Arsenal have been conscious of the Sassuolo star for years.
Former Gunners supervisor Arsene Wenger despatched chief scout Neil Banfield to run the rule over an Locatelli again in 2016, when the participant was 18 and already earmarked as a future AC Milan captain.
Having joined Milan from Atalanta’s academy aged 11, Locatelli was thought-about one among Italy’s brightest younger stars, earlier than the actions of a Chelsea reject compelled him to vary course and be a part of Sassuolo…
talkSPORT’s European soccer journalist Andy Brassell stated: “He began out on the incredible Atalanta academy when he was a child, he was at Milan by the point he was 11 – and everybody assumed this was a love affair which might final perpetually.
“He made his Serie A debut aged 18, in his first full season he scored the winner towards Sassuolo, shortly after that he scored a winner towards Juventus.
“The rationale he appeared as if he was going to be a celebrity was not simply his poise on the ball, not simply his class, however the reality he fitted into that Andrea Pirlo function, simply in entrance of the defence as a deep-lying playmaker.
“Nevertheless it began to fall off at Milan as they made dangerous investments. By 2018, Milan introduced in Tiemoue Bakayoko on mortgage as one among their signings that summer season and Locatelli’s nostril will get put out of joint.
“He thought he wouldn’t play as a lot and requested for a transfer. What was initially thought-about a mortgage transfer to Sassuolo turned a mortgage with an obligation to purchase.
“Thankfully for Locatelli and Sassuolo, he took his alternative with each palms.
“He widened his pallet, performed quite a lot of positions in midfield, and that’s what caught [Italy head coach Roberto] Mancini’s eye.
“When Marco Verratti was injured at first of this event, that was the break Locatelli wanted.
“The sense is that, at 23-years previous, it’s time for Locatelli to take the following step up in what guarantees to be a incredible profession.”
Whereas Italy teammate Giorgio Chiellini will hope Locatelli joins him at Juventus, the 36-year-old just lately admitted he regrets turning down a suggestion from Arsenal again when he was 16.
In a latest interview with French journal So Foot, Chiellini stated: “In hindsight, I used to be a idiot to say no that provide. I used to be 16, I performed in Serie C, I acquired an enormous provide.
“I didn’t really feel prepared. If I had accepted, it might have given the impression of betraying Livorno.”