One-time Arsenal and Liverpool target set to join Juventus in the coming days
Manuel Locatelli nears Juventus
Rising star of Euro 2020 Manuel Locatelli is one step closer to securing his dream move to Juventus this summer, as the old lady and his club Sassuolo finally agreed on a fee for the Italian.
Manuel Locatelli to Juventus, done deal confirmed and here-we-go! Total agreement completed with Sassuolo for €35m plus add ons. Contract until June 2026. ⚪️⚫️🇮🇹 #Juventus
Official announcement in the next few days. Done deal. pic.twitter.com/ge7nUgXGOc
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 17, 2021
As per respected transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano, a deal has been agreed worth 35 million euros plus add ons, that will see Locatelli swap black and green for black and white.
The Italian midfielder has made no secret of his desire to join Juventus, allegedly rejecting the advances of both Arsenal and Liverpool for his services.
Despite limited game time, Locatelli impressed at Euro 2020, netting on two occasions across his five appearances for the Azzurri.
A move started and finished by the impressive Manuel Locatelli, who gives #ITA the lead against #SUI #ITASUI #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/OpZzSWV0CL
— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) June 16, 2021
All change please
Still only 23, he represents an exciting signing for Juventus, who are also thought to be in the hunt to re-sign Miralem Pjanic on loan from Barcelona this summer.
Juventus will meet again Sassuolo board this week to sign Locatelli – new official bid to be submitted. Arsenal no longer in the race. Miralem Pjanic, always in Juventus list too ⚪️⚫️ #Juve
Juventus board will meet again with Dybala agent in the next days to extend his contract.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 11, 2021
Quite where this would leave the futures of current midfielders Aaron Ramsey, Weston McKennie, Adrien Rabiot, Arthur and Rodrigo Bentancur remains to be seen, with one if not more of those surely having to seek minutes away from the club.
However, in Locatelli, Juventus have once again found a gem in the Italian market.