Saturday, January 29, 2022

Juventus still not close to signing Sassuolo star Manuel Locatelli


Juventus is still working out on bagging some new additions with the new Serie A season just weeks away. The club is looking for major reinforcements after a horrible season.

The Italian giants made a disappointing fourth place finish, losing out on the Serie A title. The club just narrowly made it to the fourth place. However, it is time to forget the past and focus on the present.

Juventus not anywhere near signing Manuel Locatelli

The Old Lady is looking to bring Sassuolo player Manuel Locatelli. The club has been targeting him since the beginning of the transfer window. However, they have also been involved in constant negotiations for months.

Sassuolo CEO, made it clear that they will not sell their star player for anything less than £35 million. And astonishingly, the club has constantly maintained their stance and have not budged an inch. However, Manuel Locatelli is desperate to move to Juventus. It is his dream to play for the Italian giants.

Juventus still not close to signing Manuel Locatelli

The 23-year-old midfielder made a move to Sassuolo from AC Milan on loan in 2018. He made a permanent switch to Sassuolo in the summer of 2019. It was after the Milan based club did not show much interest in him. The Italian International has so far made 99 appearances for Sassuolo since joining. He featured in 34 games for them in Serie A last season.

But it was in the Euro 2020 tournament that his impressive performances prompted other clubs to move for him. Juventus saw the potential and thought to move for him.

But the Serie A giants clearly lack the financial backing to bag the player. The club is struggling due to the increasing debt in the club and also due to the massive match ticket losses since the past one year.

Hence, they are very reluctant to meet the asking price of Sassuolo for Manuel Locatelli. According to a report from Sky Sport Italia, Juventus have offered £29.8 million to Sassuolo, but they are still demanding the exact asking price of £35 million.

Other clubs also keen to bring him

Juventus still not close to signing Manuel Locatelli

However, the Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali has constantly stated that there are other clubs keen on him. Arsenal have even made a bid for the Italian International. And in the past couple of days, another Premier League club has shown interest to sign him.

But it is the will of Manuel Locatelli to move to Juventus. He only wants to move there. A meeting is set to take place between Sassuolo and Juventus regarding the transfer of Manuel Locatelli. 

But if Juventus does not pay the exact asking price, then Locatelli will stay at Sassuolo. That is according to Giovanni Carnevali. He has been constantly talking to the press since the Juventus interest. It might be a tactic of pressure on Juventus by Carnevali. 

Anyways, there isn’t even a lot of time left in the transfer window. Only a mere three weeks are left for the closure. Juventus and Sassuolo both want Locatelli to move to Juventus. But they have to be really quick.


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