According to a report from Italian outlet Il Resto del Carlino, Arsenal are interested in signing Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli.
The Gunners are expected to be on the market for a new central midfielder.
Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard will both return to Real Madrid, and nobody knows what will happen with them. Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ futures are also up in the air, while Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira are both expected to be sold.
That would leave Arsenal with just Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, and Granit Xhaka in the middle of our park. That is not enough for a whole season, especially if the Swiss international has one of his bad spells in an important part of the campaign.
Arsenal need a reliable partner for Thomas Partey, and it looks like Locatelli is the man Mikel Arteta is looking at ahead of the summer transfer window.
The 23-year-old Italian is a wanted man. The Daily Mail reported recently that Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Italian giants Juventus and AC Milan are keen on the player who will cost in the region of £30 million this summer.
The Insider’s View:
If Guardiola is eyeing a move for Locatelli, the Italian must be doing something right.
After a terrible time in Milan, Locatelli moved to Sassuolo in 2018. He has been incredible for them over the last three years, and he has made a name for himself as one of the best midfielders in Italy at the moment.
With Manchester City and Juventus really keen, signing Locatelli will not be easy for Arsenal. However, if Mikel Arteta and Edu can work their magic, the young Italian midfielder would be an outstanding addition to this Gunners side.