Arsenal will be one of three clubs to keep a close eye on Manuel Locatelli if he starts for Italy in their Euro 2020 opening match on Friday, according to a report.
The postponed tournament finally began on June 11, with Italy facing Turkey at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. One of the external candidates for competition, there would be plenty of players among the ranks of the Azure to be pursued. In fact, interest in one of the talents that they will have on the show is already growing.
Locatelli is the player in question, having enjoyed a great season with Sassuolo. It looks like the Milan academy product is now ready to take it back to a higher level.
That could lead to the Premier League, according to him Sky Sport Italia, Arsenal are keen on the midfielder.
Arsenal need to strengthen their midfield after losing the creativity of Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard. In a slightly deeper area, It seems that they will be deprived of Granit Shaka.
Therefore, they need more bodies in that area to provide them with a full range of traits.
Deep-lying playmaker Locatelli will help them get the ball more, while also developing his contributions going forward. In the 2020-21 season, he scored the best four goals of his career in Serie A.
He has been on Arsenal’s radar for a few months and now they will be keeping an eye on him in more detail on the international stage.
Locatelli is likely to start with Italy in their opening match against Turkey, along with Jorginho and Nicolo Parilla. Key midfielder Marco Verratti was absent due to injury and another option was Lorenzo Pellegrini withdrew from the squad for similar reasons.
Hence, a space opened up for Locatelli. It will be the first time the 23-year-old has tasted an international tournament and he will aim to catch the eye.
But Arsenal are not his only watchers. The report adds that PSG and Borussia Dortmund will also be keeping an eye on him.
Having finished second and third in Ligue 1 and the German Bundesliga respectively, both European giants are looking to boost their strengths for next season.
Thus, Arsenal could get involved in a bidding war over Locatelli. Sassuolo holds a fee of around 40 million euros, which has already caused Juventus to be put off.
Locatelli is unlocked for prim move
Two months ago, Locatelli admitted it He was thinking of moving to a different country If he were to leave the Italian side.
Talking to Corriere dello SportHe said: “I don’t know if this will be my last year here or what the future holds for me.
“When, and if there are opportunities, we will evaluate them all together.
“Playing abroad is an option for me and at the moment I’m not ruling anything out.
“It’s part of my job and that means I’ve leveled up.
“Certificates of appreciation and interest from the big clubs increase my motivation. They make me understand that I am on the right path.”
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