Juventus are ‘in control’ of signing Manuel Locatelli from Sassuolo this summer, reports Monday’s edition of Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Italian newspaper puts forward the offer that Juventus have made, which consists of a €5m loan payment, a further €20m to make the transfer permanent, €7m in potential bonuses, and 25% to Sassuolo of a future sale.
Given Locatelli’s rise, Sassuolo don’t think this is enough, because a player of this level justifies a big guaranteed investment. Despite that, Gazzetta believe Juventus have everything in hand, because the only offer from the Premier League, where the top clubs have more money to spend, has been from Arsenal.
It’s stated Locatelli ‘largely rejects’ a move to Arsenal, which isn’t quite as concrete a dismissal as had been made at other times. That may suggest there’s some hope for the Gunners, although it’s clear Locatelli would prioritise a move to Juventus this summer.
For that to happen, the club must satisfy Sassuolo, and they may needs sales to come in before they can seal a deal.