Report: Real Madrid eye Arsenal target Locatelli as Bellingham alternative
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Report: Real Madrid eye Arsenal target Locatelli as Bellingham alternative

Arsenal could face a battle if they make a move for Manuel Locatelli, with AS in Spain reporting that Real Madrid are interested in the midfielder should they miss out on Jude Bellingham or Enzo Fernandez.

There are going to be some huge moves amongst midfielders in the next two windows. And Bellingham and Fernandez are likely to be the two main protagonists.

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Of course, Bellingham is a player who has been lauded as a special talent for some time. And reports from Sport recently claimed that he could move for £130 million.

Real Madrid eye Arsenal target Locatelli

Meanwhile, reports from Correio da Manha in Portugal this week suggested that Liverpool have made an £88 million bid for Fernandez. Benfica meanwhile, want £105 million for the Argentinian.

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Real Madrid have their eye on both players. But it seems that they are making plans in case they miss out on both. And it appears that the player they want is someone on Arsenal’s radar.

According to a report from AS, Real want Locatelli.

Locatelli has been linked with Arsenal for some time. They made a bid for the Italian before he joined Juventus from Sassuolo. And Calciomercatoweb reported earlier this month that the Gunners are back in the race to sign the 24-year-old.

Locatelli would not cost anywhere near as much as either Bellingham or Fernandez. Juve committed to paying around £30 million when he signed on loan. And he is a little older than the other two names.

Arsenal have actually been linked with Fernandez. O Jogo suggested that they had spoken with his agents about a move. But clearly, he is going to cost an eye-watering sum off the back of his superb showing at the World Cup.

Fernandez may be the dream addition for Arsenal. But realistically, perhaps they will now not be too disappointed if he ends up at Real Madrid if they are indeed keen to sign Locatelli.

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