'Arsenal are still there': Gunners firmly in the mix for Manuel Locatelli, despite Juventus interest
Arsenal remain firmly in the mix to sign Manuel Locatelli this summer, according to respected transfer guru and journalist, Fabrizio Romano.
Reports in recent weeks have suggested that the Gunners want to sign Locatelli this summer. A bid has already been made, although the player does apparently have his heart set on a move to Juventus.
Locatelli has been one of the stars of Euro 2020, despite drifting in and out of the Italian starting XI. He did bag a double in the group stages, though, enhancing his reputation further.
But while Arsenal are close to signing Albert Lokonga for a reported £21m, it doesn’t mean the Gunners are out of the running for Locatelli.
Locatelli to Arsenal latest from Romano
While it remains clear that Juventus are in pole position to sign Locatelli, Fabrizio Romano has said that all is not lost for Mikel Arteta.
Indeed, speaking on the Don Robbie podcast, Romano said that the Gunners remain firmly in the picture.
“I can confirm that Arsenal want Locatelli, they consider him a perfect player for Arsenal and the Premier League. But at the moment Arsenal have a smart strategy with Locatelli, the only one they can have in this situation,” Romano said.
“So they are waiting to see what happens with Juventus, because the player’s priority is Juventus. Locatelli wants to join Juventus, but he isn’t refusing Arsenal, he has the dream of playing Champions League football and joining Juventus because he is Italian.”
“But, if they can’t find an agreement, Sassuolo would be open to accepting bids from Arsenal, it will be up to the player. So keep an eye on Arsenal, because they are just waiting they are respecting the player, but after this meeting with Juventus we will have some answers about Locatelli’s situation, Arsenal are still there and are still very interested.”
With Arsenal going through a big change this summer, the addition of Locatelli could be a big one.
Indeed, after Lokonga, this could be a big statement signing from Edu.