Arsenal have been handed a much-needed boost in their pursuit of Euro 2020 star Manuel Locatelli with Juventus looking elsewhere for their new midfielder signing this summer – and it looks like they will also have to sell before they can make a move.
Locatelli, 23, had been a strong Gunners target at the start of the transfer window, but multiple negative updates in their pursuit of the Italian International slammed the door shut on the possibility of bringing him to north London this summer.
Genoa chief Giorgio Perinetti said in July that the midfielder was hoping to leave for Turin instead of making a Premier League move.
Perinetti told Sky Sport 24 (via TuttoJuve): “Locatelli has repeatedly said no to Arsenal because he wants to go to Juve. And Juve itself knows that he prefers the Bianconeri.
“It would be great if a player like him stayed in Italy. At Juventus, he would improve the midfield department which has been in great difficulty for years. A few years ago I tried to bring him to Genoa, but I was unable to complete the operation.”
However, Arsenal’s endeavours may have been rejuvenated due to Massimiliano Allegri’s latest transfer decision for the Old Lady which could involve the Serie A giants abandoning their pursuit of the Sassuolo star.
Italian outlet Tuttosport are claiming that Allegri wants a reunion with Miralem Pjanic in Italy- a move which could see them abandoning their Locatelli pursuit.
The report goes on to state that outgoings must occur first before any move is made to reunite the 31-year-old with his former manager as Juventus look to dethrone cash-strapped Inter Milan next season in Serie A.
One of those said outgoings that could now be pivotal to Edu’s chances of prising the Euro 2020 winner away from Italy is former Gunner Aaron Ramsey.
He could hold the key in assisting Mikel Arteta land one of his top targets in the midfielder position.
Currently, football.london understands that the Gunners are in ‘slow’ talks with first target James Maddison, but Leicester’s demands of £60million in straight cash is thwarting any deal form being struck between the two clubs.
The main alternative target at this current moment is former loanee Martin Odegaard, but Real Madrid’s demand for £42million is too steep, with Edu and co. preferring a second loan deal.
If nothing comes of either of the two negotiations, the Locatelli option could come back to the forefront of the agenda if Juve are able to re-sign veteran Pjanic.
Locatelli started two of Italy’s fixtures as they went on to win the Euros this summer, whilst also coming off the bench on three occasions.
Source by Football London