Arsenal have been dealt another setback in their pursuit of Manuel Locatelli, as the Italian midfielder has hinted that he would prefer to join Juventus, saying that it is ‘pleasant’ to have piqued their attention.
On Italy’s remarkable run to Euro 2020 victory, Locatelli was one of the top performances.
In light of Locatelli’s performances on the international stage this summer, Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali stated last week that clubs are lining up to recruit him, and that they have received bids from abroad.
Manuel Locatelli of Italy has delivered Arsenal a transfer blow by flirting with Juventus after helping his country win Euro 2020. The sought-after midfielder discussed his future after helping his country win Euro 2020. Arsenal is one of the teams associated with a move for the 23-year-old, while Juventus is also interested.
Locatelli insisted on putting his future on hold in order to focus on Italy’s Euro 2020 campaign, but he is now toying with the thought of joining Juventus, with whom he is already in negotiations and will meet again this week.
‘Up until now, I haven’t really thought about it, I couldn’t think about it,’ Locatelli said of his future after returning to Italy with the European Championship title.
‘The interest of Juventus is good, they are a wonderful team, and I have mentioned it several times.’ The Sassuolo midfielder confessed it is ‘pleasing’ to be sought by Juve and is set for discussions. It will come as bad news for Mikel Arteta, who had declared Locatelli a key summer target for Arsenal.
He added that Giorgio Chiellini assisted him in putting his disappointment behind him, and that if circumstances had allowed it, he would have taken one in Sunday’s final against England at Wembley.
‘The world was collapsing around me and he [Chiellini] kept saying to rest certain, because we would have won,’ Locatelli said of his penalty miss.
‘He said the same thing to me yesterday, and he was apparently correct.’
‘I would have taken one yesterday if it hadn’t been for the fact that the others had already done so.’