'Test the water': Arsenal told to sign Euro 2020 ace who'll cost less than Mustafi

Former Arsenal striker, Kevin Campbell, has told the club that they must put a bid in for Sassuolo and Italy midfielder, Manuel Locatelli.

Locatelli has been superb for Italy in the Euros and is being courted by the likes of Juventus and Arsenal. Indeed, reports from a few days ago suggest that he could be available for around £34m.

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For context, that would represent a fee less than the Gunners paid for Shkodran Mustafi. The defender reportedly cost £36m, which makes Locatelli appear to be a bargain buy.

And speaking on the Highbury Squad YouTube channel, former striker Campbell believes Arsenal have to ‘test the water’.

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What’s been said?

Campbell is often vocal in his thoughts on Arsenal. His comments here were no different, as he called on the Gunners to move for Locatelli.

“I like Locatelli. I think he is a really, really good player. We might not get him solely because of the logistics of Locatelli being Italian,” Campbell said.

“Juventus are obviously a huge club in Italy. They are going to move heaven and earth for him because they are not going to see him go to another club.

“Arsenal have to test the water. Put a bid in. Rumour has it that Arsenal bid for him. So let’s see where it goes. I don’t think we will get him, but let’s see where it goes.”

Midfielders needed

It’s no secret that Arsenal are looking for midfielders this summer. But Locatelli is the best name of the lot really.

The likes of Sander Berge and Yves Bissouma are good players in their own right. But Locatelli has shone on the best stage this summer. Those players are the ones who make the difference.

At £34m, he’s looking a bargain buy as well. Arsenal, then, as Campbell says, should at least throw their hat in the ring.

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