‘Arsenal pushing hard to sign Locatelli’ – Sassuolo chief

Will Ford
Locatelli Italy

Sassuolo chief Giovanni Carnevali has revealed that “Arsenal have made an official bid” to sign italy star Manuel Locatelli and are “pushing hard” to secure his signature.

The Sassuolo midfielder has impressed at Euro 2020 for Roberto Mancini’s side and scored a brace in their 3-0 win over Switzerland in the group stage.

But the Gunners have reportedly been tracking the 23-year-old before his performances this summer.

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The midfielder notched four goals and three assists to help Sassuolo to an eighth-placed finish in Serie A, which has also caught the eye of returning Juventus manager Max Allegri.

And while Carnevali admitted Arsenal have stepped up their bid to sign Locatelli and have made an “important bid”, the Sassuolo CEO suggests the club are more willing to do business with Juventus as they have a “special relationship” with the Serie A giants.

“Arsenal have made an official bid for Locatelli,” Carnevali told Sky Italia, (via Sports Mole). “They’re pushing hard to sign Manuel and it’s an important bid… we will see.

“Juventus also want Locatelli and we have a special relationship with them. A new meeting has been scheduled with Juve.”

Locatelli says he won’t allow himself to be distracted by transfer speculation while on Euro 2020 duty and is focused on “what is real” – making the Italian fans proud.

“When you’re involved in such an important competition, you’re only focused on the task in hand,” he said last month.

“We see the kids in the street when we travel to our games waving flags, so it’s quite easy to stay focused on the match.

“I’m focused on what happens on the pitch because that’s what is real. Everything else is just gossip and there’s no point worrying about it.”

Arsenal are also said to be fighting Manchester United over Ruben Neves, says Eurosport. But the Gunners have eyes too on Marcel Sabitzer.

The Austria midfielder is set to leave RB Leipzig this summer as he moves into the last 12 months of his deal. Bild reports that Leipzig will accept £15million for Sabitzer, making the 27-year-old around £20million cheaper than Neves.

The Gunners have competition, though, with AC Milan and Roma also keen on Sabitzer.