Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali has confirmed on Sky Sports Italy that Arsenal have tabled an official offer to sign Manuel Locatelli this summer.
The Gunners are set to lose Granit Xhaka soon and we are on the lookout for a replacement. We have been linked with a whole host of names already, but none more exciting than Locatelli, who in many people’s eyes is the perfect player for us.
The Italian was one of the best midfielders in Serie A last season. He has been absolutely brilliant for the Azzurri at the Euros as well, and it is almost certain that he will leave Sassuolo for a bigger club this summer.
Arsenal are the only club to make an offer for Manuel Locatelli
It is no secret that Arsenal want Locatelli, and Sassuolo’s CEO has just confirmed that Edu has tabled an ‘important offer’ to sign the brilliant midfielder.
Carnevali told Sky Italia: “The first thing is to leave the boy calm. I have not spoken with him or with his agents, because the national team is important to us. Juventus are the only Italian team we talked to about Locatelli.
“There are other teams interested in Manuel. Arsenal are one of them and maybe they’re the one that are ahead because they have made us an important proposal. Indeed, up to now, they are the only club that has submitted a concrete offer.”
The Insider’s View:
After a season as bad as the last one, Arsenal had to show some ambition in the transfer market, and it looks like Edu means business this summer.
Locatelli is one of the best midfielders in Europe. He is fantastic on the ball, can score goals, create chances and is a brilliant player. He would be an absolutely incredible signing for Arsenal, and we should do everything we possibly can to sign him.
Juventus are still in the race to sign Locatelli but they are struggling to meet Sassuolo’s £34 million demand. Arsenal are the only ones to table an official bid as of this moment, and if Edu continues to push, we could well complete one of the signings of the summer very soon.