Arsenal linked to Serie A midfield star
Arsenal are reportedly interested in Italian international Manuel Locatelli, according to the Mirror.
The Sassuolo midfielder has two years left on his current deal, and that has raised the ears of interested suitors.
The 23-year-old is currently representing Italy in the European Championships. Thus, any interested club would have to wait until the end of the tournament to land his signature.
With Granit Xhaka looking likely to leave the Emirates Stadium for Italian side Roma, the Gunners are naturally looking for replacements.
The North London outfit continue to be linked to several names in the midfield position, with Yves Bissouma and Sambi Lokonga the most talked about.
But they are believed to be also tracking Locatelli at the Euros, who had an excellent season at the Mapei Stadium.
Manuel Locatelli during the 2020/21 Serie A season:
◉ Most touches
◉ Most passes
◉ Most passes into the final ⅓
◎ 2nd-most passes into opp half
◎ 2nd-most tackles made
Just another Italian midfield maestro. #ITA
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 11, 2021
However, their plans to land the coveted midfielder can be scuppered early on, with European heavyweights Manchester City, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain all fighting in a ring.
The young midfielder made 34 league appearances for Sassuolo, scoring four goals, and assisting three. He was previously at AC Milan, where he made 63 appearances.
He is valued €35.00m by the German site, Transfermarkt.
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