Arsenal set to lose out to Juventus in midfielder pursuit

Arsenal looks set to miss out on signing Manuel Locatelli despite their persistent efforts to beat Juventus to his signature.

The Gunners have been one of the main suitors for the Euro 2020 star but they faced competition from top European clubs that can offer him Champions League football next season.

Todofichajes is now reporting that they will certainly miss out on signing him to Juventus.

The report says the midfielder has made it clear he would only join the Bianconeri.

The former Italian champions have been talking to him and his current club, Sassuolo and they are increasingly likely to reach an agreement.

On the personal front, the report says there would be no issues for Locatelli who is set to sign a long-term contract until 2026 worth €5m per season with them.

This means Arsenal can now rest and consider his pursuit a failed one.

The Gunners have other midfield targets in their bid to sign new players including the likes of Houssem Aouar, who they might turn towards signing now.

The Frenchman should leave Lyon this summer after Arsenal nearly signed him in the last summer transfer window.

Because he has fewer years left on his current deal, he should also cost less than he would have cost them last summer.

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15 Comments

  1. Classic says:

    Classy England fans boos Italian national anthem
    Punch of over rated players
    England only played one game away from Wembley home soil compare that to other teams and the distance they have to travel I wonder why they have to enjoy so much advantage
    did they do anything others didn’t do?

    1. SueP says:

      Of course it’s rude to boo – very rude
      Other than that it’s sour grapes and luck of the draw. There does have to be a host nation

    2. Sean M says:

      I think what Classic is trying to say is:

      It’s coming home

      1. ken1945 says:

        What a “classic” post of sour grapes πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡ Classic.

        Have you ever followed other competitions and ever noticed how the host nation always gets home advantage?

        Regarding the article, I once again will wait for any club’s official statement regarding transfers.

        1. Classic says:

          A host nation?
          At least other teams do not have to be travelling around the world to play their games eg Wales travelled to Rome,Azerbaijan,Amsterdam in 3 of their 4 matches. Travelling such distances where you have a host nation as you claimed is completely setting up some teams to be disadvantaged

          1. SueP says:

            England played in Rome

          2. Pepe says:

            Which is their only travel in all their 7 games while others were travelling from country to country which gave England an added advantage

          3. SueP says:

            Pepe
            So what?
            England were given the status they received due to Covid elsewhere in Europe. Some other nations could not provide the necessary safety

  2. Oracle Collins says:

    He is a quality and a good footballer.if he doesn’t want to come leave him,he is not the only quality affordable footballer in the world,Leave this Guiza alone to go to Juventus and by the way if he became a gunner i will support him 100%.we need players who want to play for the cannon because the shirt is heavy to carry so it needs players with a cheerful heart! so the search continues period πŸ€”

  3. Durand says:

    Can’t force anyone, and perhaps better in the long run to bring in a player that loves the club.

    Perhaps a bit more of that would build a team of chemistry rather than a group of mercenaries playing for paychecks.

  4. frank says:

    Why don’t we go all out for Declan Rice

    1. Sue says:

      Would love to!

  5. ken1945 says:

    The realisation that CL football, whether some fans thought we were competing or not, is finally sinking in I think!!!

    That’s why all the top clubs make it their No. 1 priority to ensure qualification to this competition.

  6. Gogo says:

    Admin move on to the next story please Kev has already told us this long ago.

  7. Biscuitbum says:

    It would have been nice, but it was never on. Apparently we have ended our interest in the player.

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