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Sassuolo: ‘Arsenal have made Locatelli bid’

Sassuolo director Giovanni Carnevali confirmed Arsenal have made an offer for midfielder Manuel Locatelli. The 23-year-old is currently on international duty with the Azzurri at this year’s delayed European Championships and has made a strong impact, scoring twice in the 3-0 victory over Switzerland.

Juventus are considered the strong favourites to sign the player with Sassuolo wanting at least €50m for his transfer, but Arsenal are the only side outside of Italy to express a strong interest.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, Carnevali expanded on the situation:

“We are trying to leave the lad calm, so I haven’t spoken to him or his agents yet. We can think about Locatelli’s future, but above all we care about his present and that means Italy doing well at the Euros.

“Juventus are the only Italian club we talked to about Locatelli. They have interest, we spoke to (director Federico) Cherubini last week. We have not yet discussed the financial details, but we have a good rapport and will talk it over soon.

“It’s true that there are foreign clubs interested, including Arsenal, and so far they are ahead and are the only side realistically to have made an important proposal for Manuel.”