With Dani Ceballos returning to his parent club Real Madrid, Arsenal are looking forward to reinforcing a midfielder this summer and Mikel Arteta believes Manuel Locatelli to be the perfect fit for them.
The Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos has successfully completed his 2-year loan deal from Real Madrid and has now returned to Madrid. Meanwhile, Matteo Guendouzi is on his way to join Marseille on a season-long loan deal. Thus, this made the Gunners to look for a midfielder in this summers transfer window.
Moreover, the current midfielders Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira might also decide to follow the exit path ahead of the next season. Thus, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is keen on signing Locatelli and has made him his primary target this summer.
However, according to Goal, Locatelli has no interest in joining Arsenal this summer. Thus, Arsenal might have to look for different options before the start of next season. It is going to be one of the busiest transfer sessions for the Gunners. Moreover, Arsenal had a disappointing end to their campaign last season in the Premier League as a result which they won’t be featuring in any European competition for the first time in 26 years.
Turning down a move to Arsenal, Locatelli eager to join the Italian giants
Reports have also suggested that the Sassuolo midfielder is preferring a move to Serie A giants Juventus. The Italian giants are also looking for a midfielder and thus could make a move for Locatelli this summer. The 23-year-old is currently on international duty featuring for Italy in the Euro 2020. Scoring 2 goals, Locatelli has put on some very impressive performances for the Azzurri recently in the ongoing tournament. Thus, helping his side to go all the way to the finals.
Moreover, Locatelli made 34 Serie A appearances for Sassuolo during the 2020-21 campaign, scoring four goals and providing three assists. Meanwhile, the Italian midfielder still has 2 years to run out of his contract with Sassuolo. According to reports, the asking price for Locatelli will be somewhere around £34m, which Arenal are not ready to pay.