It’s no secret that Arsenal have an interest in Manuel Locatelli and are working hard to bring the Sassuolo star to north London.
Three days ago, we relayed news from Italy the Serie A side are handling a ‘superior offer’ from the Gunners.
Juventus are also keen on the midfielder, but they have not managed to meet the €40m asking price set by their Serie A counterpart.
The Turin club’s initial proposal of a two-year loan deal with an option to buy was not well received by Sassuolo.
Calciomercato now state the Italy international is on top of the Old Lady’s wish list and the player has ‘made it clear’ to his employer that he will ‘not go to Arsenal or any other club’ this summer.
The Euro 2020 winners’ firm desire to only join Juve may have forced Sassuolo to hold talks with them. As per the report, Sassuolo ‘continue to negotiate’ with Massimiliano Allegri’s side.
Between the loan deal and the obligation, Sassuolo need €35m and an additional €10m in bonuses, out of which €5m are easily achievable. It’s ‘now it’s up to Juve’, but the feeling there would be ‘white smoke’, sooner or later.
Locatelli’s desire to join Juventus and the latest development should end any hope Arsenal had to sign him this summer.