Director confirms Arsenal have made "important proposal" for 23yo Euros star

Manuel Locatelli of Italy celebrate after score the goal during the Euro2020 football match between Italy vs Switzerland at Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, June 16, 2021. Copyright: Imago-Images/Emmefoto
Manuel Locatelli of Italy celebrate after score the goal during the Euro2020 football match between Italy vs Switzerland at Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, June 16, 2021. Copyright: Imago-Images/Emmefoto

Sassuolo director Giovanni Carnevali has confirmed that Arsenal are indeed interested in signing 23-year-old midfielder, Manuel Locatelli.

Italy v Czech Republic - International Friendly - Manuel Locatelli of Italy gestures during the international friendly match between Italy and Czech Republic. Italy won 4-0. Bologna, Italy. Copyright: Nicol Campo
Italy v Czech Republic – International Friendly – Manuel Locatelli of Italy gestures during the international friendly match between Italy and Czech Republic. Italy won 4-0. Bologna, Italy. Copyright: Nicol Campo

On Wednesday, it was reported that Juventus remain the frontrunners for Locatelli’s signature. Arsenal have only ever signed three Italians in their history (Arturo Lupoli, Vito Mannone, Emiliano Viviano) while Italians like to stay in Italy, especially if they can move to a club like Juventus, so none of that is surprising.

Arsenal, however, may not have European football, but they seem to have the €40m cash that Sassuolo want whereas the Old Lady are hoping for a swap deal which does not interest Sassuolo .

Speaking to Sky Sports (via Football Italia), Carnevali said, “We are trying to leave the lad calm, so I haven’t spoken to him or his agents yet. We can think about Locatelli’s future, but above all we care about his present and that means Italy doing well at the Euros.

“Juventus are the only Italian club we talked to about Locatelli. They have interest, we spoke to Cherubini last week. We have not yet discussed the financial details, but we have a good rapport and will talk it over soon.

“It’s true that there are foreign clubs interested, including Arsenal, and so far they are ahead and are the only side realistically to have made an important proposal for Manuel.”

It still seems more likely that Locatelli will end up at Juventus, but you never know.

Reports of Arsenal’s interest in Locatelli pre-date the European Championships, though they’ve certainly been enhanced by his impressive showings at the tournament. The 23-year-old midfielder has scored two goals in his three appearances so far.