Premier League giants, Arsenal have been dealt blow in bid to sign Manuel Locatelli as the Italian star has suggested he would prefer to join Juventus by admitting it is ‘pleasing’ to have attracted interest from them.
It’s understood that Locatelli, who played a crucial role in Italy’s Euro 2020 success, wishlist Mikel Arteta’s recruitment team to strengthen their midfield options ahead of next season.
Even Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali has confirmed last week that Arsenal interested in sign Locatelli and already submitted offered for the 23-year-old while Serie A side Juventus also registered their interest in Italian star.
Locatelli, on the other hand, insisted that he put his future to one side to focus on Italy’s Euro 2020 campaign but is now flirting with the idea of signing for Juventus, who he is already in talks with and expected to meet again this week.
Speaking about his future after returning to Italy with the European Championship trophy, Locatelli told Sky Sport Italia: ‘Up until now, I haven’t really thought about it, I couldn’t.
‘The interest of Juventus is pleasing, they are a great team and I have said it several times.’