Fabrizio Romano has told his Here We Go podcast that Manchester City want to lure Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli to The Etihad this summer – a player that has impressed Italy manager Roberto Mancini of late.
Locatelli, 23, has been in excellent form for Sassuolo – having joined the Serie A side from AC Milan in the summer of 2018 – initially on loan. He chose to leave Milan after being a bit-part player, but has played 87 times for Sassuolo.
Now a fully-fledged Italy international having impressed ex-City and current Italy boss Mancini, Locatelli is beginning to attract attention from European clubs. Pep Guardiola’s outfit are the latest to be linked with Locatelli.
Speaking on his latest pod, transfer expert Romano stated that City are both “looking” at Locatelli, and “scouting” the impressive midfielder. It is also claimed that Locatelli could cost between £34.5million and £39million.
Handing Locatelli his Italy debut back in September 2020, Mancini is quoted by Football Italia as placing his trust in Locatelli: “Locatelli has been playing in Serie A for many years, so I don’t think he’ll have problems.”
TBR’s view – Locatelli would be a good signing
But surely Manchester City can do better than signing the Italian? He is a good midfielder, at a good age and with plenty of experience. Affordable too, Locatelli might be about to shine for Italy at Euro 2021.
However, is he really the cream of the crop? Because that is the kind of player Manchester City need to be looking at. They need a player that can really replace Fernandinho and give Rodri competition. Locatelli is good, not great.