'Ruben Neves it is': Some Arsenal fans rage as club accept offer for reported target from UCL side
Arsenal have reportedly missed out on the signing of Manuel Locatelli to Serie A giants Juventus.
According to Tuttosport, the Italian midfielder will join the Old Lady on loan with an obligation to buy. As per the report, Juventus will send 19-year-old defender Radu Dragusin to Sassuolo as part of the deal.
Arsenal have been eager to sign Locatelli for most of the window. Furthermore, as reported by Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners were willing to meet Sassuolo’s €40m (£32m) asking price for the midfielder.
However, Locatelli’s heart has always been set on a move to Juventus. Moreover, the UEFA Champions League club have now come in with an offer that suits Sassuolo.
Indeed, Arsenal have plenty of central midfield options this summer. Yet Locatelli would have been a class above most of the options being linked to the Emirates so far this window.
And supporters on social media were fuming at the club as they have spent weeks trying to lure Locatteli to Arsenal. Only for Sassuolo to accept what appears to be an inferior offer for the midfielder.
Here’s what some Arsenal fans had to say about the latest update in the Locatelli and Juventus saga on Twitter…
You just can’t beat italian and german leagues best clubs monopoly https://t.co/D3uMZ1lzKW— Bole (@Bolee_9) July 20, 2021
Welcome to the Arsenal Ruben Neves https://t.co/kzTAES6WUY— Gustavo (@gustahvinho) July 20, 2021
So Sassuolo refused 40m for 25m plus a swap of an U23 player👍🏼 typical italian clubs— GG (@gedionnnnnnn) July 20, 2021
Knew we were wasting our time 😹— R.I.P Arsenal 🤧 🇮🇳 (@abhinavsing157) July 20, 2021
Not one bit surprised. Knew that Juventus would do something shady and get their player. Wasted valuable time on Locatelli in vain— Debaroop 🔴⚪ (@debaroop_AFC2) July 20, 2021
Indeed, Arsenal have already signed one central midfielder this summer in the form of R.S.C. Anderlecht youngster Albert Sambi Lokonga.
However, with Granit Xhaka set to leave north London in the coming weeks, a second midfielder will likely to be brought in this window.
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