The London club have stepped up their interest in Manuel Locatelli by lodging a £34m offer for the player. Sassuolo are yet to accept or acknowledge such an offer, but sources confirm it. While the proposal meets Neroverdi’s valuation, Juventus stay the favourites for Italy international.
The battle for Manuel drags on as Gunners refuse to give up on their pursuit. Arsenal have been pursuing Locatelli for an entire summer and pushing hard to sign him up. There were rumours of a bid recently, which is more than Neroverdi’s valuation of the 23-year-old midfielder.
A new £34m offer is the subject of further discussions after Arsenal reportedly matched Sassuolo’s valuation of the footballer. The Neroverdi’s reluctance to acknowledge this particular bid raise questions regarding the rumour itself, but the agent of Juventus teenager Nicolo Fagioli confirmed the Gunners offer.
Fagioli was thought to be included in Bianconeri’s offer for Manuel. It was believed the Old Lady offered Locatelli plus €25m to Sassuolo, but Manuel’s club wanted Juventus to meet their valuation and were reportedly uninterested in the midfielder.
Fagioli’s agent, Andrea D’Amico, categorically denied the rumours of his client’s inclusion in the deal. He did confirm Gunners £34m offer while also indicating that Juventus could not match it. Juventus are very keen on Manuel, and the midfielder himself is dreaming of playing for them.
Gunners are monitoring their situation closely, as Juventus and Sassuolo have been unable to agree on a deal despite meeting on multiple occasions. Manuel himself has never rejected the Gunners approach but is waiting for Juventus to make a concrete bid for his services.