Arsenal’s search for midfield reinforcement has seen us linked with all kinds of names this summer, but perhaps the most exciting one is Manuel Locatelli.
The Italian has impressed at Euro 2020, his range of passing is glorious, he can score goals, and he has lovely curly hair.
In general, Arsenal and Italian footballers don’t mix, but it seems as if this is a case we are actively pursuing, with Sassuolo director Giovanni Carnevali confirming that the Gunners have made an approach for the player.
Speaking to Sky Sports (via Football Italia), he said of the 23 year old, “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.”
Being interested is one thing, making a deal like this happen is something else entirely. It’s widely believed that Locatelli will make the move to Juventus as they begin a rebuild, and it will take plenty of money and all the powers of persuasion of Mikel Arteta and Edu to convince him to join Arsenal.
The midfielder began his career at AC Milan where, under the control of Ivan Gazidis, they let him to go Sassuolo, first on loan and then on a permanent basis. His performances in Serie A have generated interest, and shining on the Euros stage will give him plenty of options to choose from.
It’s still hard to see him in red and white, but you never know, stranger things have happened.