Arsenal give Serie A outfit ‘best financial offer’ for Euro 2020 winner

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Manuel Locatelli

Arsenal have given Sassuolo the “best financial offer” for Manuel Locatelli, who was part of Italy’s Euro 2020 winning side, according to reports.

The 23-year-old has been with Sassuolo since 2018. He initially joined them on loan from AC Milan before his move was made permanent in 2019.

His form for the Serie A outfit led to him making his senior debut for Italy in 2020. Since then, he has been capped 15 times and scored three goals for his country.

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Locatelli impressed for Italy at Euro 2020 as he scored twice from his five outings. He was subbed on in extra-time in the final as Roberto Mancini‘s side beat England 3-2 on penalties.

The midfielder has been heavily linked with Arsenal of late. Reliable Italian journalist Ekrem Konur has revealed via Twitter that the Gunners have placed the “best financial offer”, but Locatelli would prefer a move to Juventus.

Elsewhere, Emmanuel Petit has insisted that Arsenal should not rely on Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka too much:

“Albert Sambi Lokonga is young and talented, with a bright future. We have seen so many young players come in at Arsenal, and of course you need that for the future, but what Arsenal need is players with character and a big personality. That is something Arsenal have been missing for ages.

“Arsenal need players who hate to lose games, players who ‘shake the tree’ in the dressing room, who can say things there, who can show fight. They need leaders. They need someone to show the way, to be responsible. I’d urge Arsenal to do that.

“A lot of players bring talent, but on top of that, they bring character and personality – and this is something I want to see back at Arsenal. They need players who can take responsibility on and off the pitch, who can show the rest of the team, ‘This is the way we want to go, and we are all going together’. It’s so important, and I haven’t seen that quality at Arsenal for years.

“Players like Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have shown some of those qualities but they’re young and inexperienced, it shouldn’t be their responsibility to take care of the team. They need the protection of other players and to improve year after year and to become the leaders of the team. But for the moment it’s too soon for them, they need experienced players around them.

“It doesn’t matter how many quality players you have, if you don’t create unity, and put spirit and soul into the team, you will never win anything. It’s impossible.”