Liverpool’s transfer decision may have finally cost Arsenal a move for midfielder

A recent Liverpool transfer decision may have destroyed arsenal’s remaining hopes of making Manuel Locatelli their player this summer.

The Gunners are facing competition from Juventus for his signature with the midfielder preferring to join the Italian big boys over leaving his country.

Sassuolo has been negotiating with Juve over his signature with Arsenal waiting to pounce to sign him if talks break down.

However, it appears as though he might not even leave the Green and Blacks this summer with a new report discussing a potential signal that he is saying.

The Italians had targeted Liverpool’s Marko Grujic as his replacement when he finally leaves.

However, The Athletic is now reporting that the Serbian midfielder is instead moving to FC Porto where he spent last season on loan.

The Portuguese side will pay around £10.5million for him and it isn’t clear why Sassuolo didn’t push to add him to their squad.

Express Sport is now reporting that it might be a sign that they are prepared to keep Locatelli despite all the talk of a big-money move away from their club.

This latest development might be the signal that Arsenal needs to focus on signing an alternative.

Tags Manuel Locatelli Marko Grujic

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  1. Skills1000 says:

    Arsenal should forget Locatelli. He looks like a player that would be home sick after a season. Torrera comes to mind.
    Talking about Torrera, Is he staying at Arsenal next season or going out on another loan?

    1. Ozziegunner says:

      👍 Agree Skills1000, Arsenal must have another option. I’m sure Arsenal would have held discussions with Locatelli a Nd his agents about his acceptance and level of commitment should a transfer to Arsenal occur. Arsenal appears to acknowledge that Locatelli’s first choice is Juventus; however Sassolo wants cash up front, not the loan now, buy later option being pushed by Juventus. Should Juventus stumble Arsenal will be able to step up. There is nothing to guarantee that should Locatelli stay, Juventus would come back next season. Sassolo can’t take that risk with its most important asset, given the Club’s current financial situation.

    2. Fred says:

      Totally agree with you,someone more adventurous or home grown like maddison

  2. Allen Dan McCourtney says:

    Good news for me. If my memory serves me right, Italians haven’t been successful playing in the EPL. I’d rather we go for HA of Lyon or look for players [like Yves Bissouma and co.] in England who understand the PL better.

    1. siamois says:

      Actually I’m trying to think who was the last very successful Italian player in the PL?anyone?

  3. Chinanu says:

    Arsenal should not sign players that doesn’t want to play for it. let it use the Locatelli fund to get an attacking midfielder that loves the club.

  4. 03 gooner says:

    Although Locatelli would be a great signing, I think it’s now time to pull out of this transfer. I initially understood why we were playing a waiting game but now we should turn our attention to either bissouma or koopmeiners so they can be integrated into squad and play in our last two friendly matches so they’re ready to hit the ground running ahead of the new season.

  5. siamois says:

    I hope I’m wrong but I have the feeling that MA really wants Odegaard and hoping to get him and might leave it until very late before making a serious move for a new AM!

  6. Joseph anak Arthur Taboh says:

    Go after Renato Sanchez. Deploy him as a attacking midfielder. He have all the quality

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