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Arsenal plotting £21.8m January move for Serie A midfielder

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Arsenal could reportedly reignite their interest in Serie A giants, Juventus playmaker Manuel Locatelli in 2023 after failing to add to their engine room in the summer.

Locatelli is still technically on loan at the Bianconeri from Serie A outfits Sassuolo, who were inundated with offers for the Italy international at the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

 

The 24-year-old was understood to have been the subject of interest from the Gunners among other Premier League teams, however, he ultimately arrived in Turin on a two-year loan with an obligation to buy.

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As things stand, the Old Lady will fork out a total of €25m (£21.8m) next summer, providing that Locatelli hits various performance-related objectives to trigger the clause to make his stay permanent.

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The ex-AC Milan starlet immediately became a regular in the first XI under Massimiliano Allegri, who has supposedly been left less than impressed with his contribution so far.

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According to Calciomercato, Allegri would not be averse to Locatelli making a swift departure from the team next summer after making it clear that the playmaker would drop to the bench if he was blessed with a fully-fit team.

 

Allegri is believed to have been left disappointed with Locatelli’s inability to “make a difference” in games so far, and Juve will entertain offers if his form does not improve drastically in the coming months.

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The report adds that the Gunners could therefore try again for Locatelli after failing to prise him away from his homeland in 2021, with Mikel Arteta keen on bringing a new midfielder to the club.

 

Locatelli – who stays under contract at Sassuolo until 2024 for the time being – has three goals and five assists under his belt from 49 appearences in a Juventus shirt and started 23 Serie A games last term.

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