Arsenal blow as target decides where he wants to play next

Arsenal has been handed a transfer blow in their bid to sign Manuel Locatelli this summer as the Italian midfielder looks set to choose another club.

The Sassuolo man has emerged as one of the best midfielders in Europe over the last year and he has taken his fine form to Euro 2020 for the Italian national team.

Arsenal isn’t the only club that has been watching him and they face serious competition for his signature this summer.

It seems they will miss out on signing him to one of their competitors after Calciomercato revealed that the former Milan youth team star knows where he wants to play next season amidst all the rumours.

The report says it remains unclear where he would play next season, however, if it is left to him to decide he would choose Juventus.

The report claims that the Old Lady has been his preferred destination for a very long time now.

This is a blow to Arsenal considering that the Italian champions are also keen to make him one of their players ahead of the new campaign.

Arsenal will struggle to win the race with them considering that he can win titles with Juve, while the Gunners haven’t made the top four since 2017.

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8 Comments

  1. Didrik Plehn says:

    No Arsenal blow, Juve has been the favourite to sign him.

  2. ACE says:

    Was NEVER, EVER going to sign with AFC.

    Appropriate context goes along way in these
    potential transfer Blows IMHO

  3. guy says:

    There was never any hope he woulnt choose Juve. Just paper talk. I take issue with the last sentence though: “he can win titles with Juve, while the Gunners haven’t made the top four since 2017.” So what! Because we haven’t won it recently, who’s to say we can’t win it next season? Defeatist tal!

  4. CorporateMan says:

    Young Italian players are notoriously inelastic when it comes to playing overseas, more so when Juve show interest in them. it’s just like young German players when Bayern Munich are involved.
    So I have always taken the Locatelli rumour with a big pinch of salt.
    While we are at it, I watched Renato Sanchez against France today; and I’m wondering: why are we not going for him?
    I’m sure he would readily trade Ligue 1 for the PL even if Lille are in the CL.
    He carries the ball well; he is young; and I don’t think he’d cost too much?
    What do you think, guys?

    1. jevaughn henry says:

      He looks like a good alternative to bissouma.

    2. muhammad danzaki says:

      The boy is superp

    3. Grandad says:

      Best player on the park in a box to box role where he displayed skill, speed and energy.Seems to have matured a lot during the past year and would bring real athleticism to the Arsenal engine room.

    4. Grandad says:

      In reply to Corporate Man.

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