Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli has remained tightlipped on his future plans, despite being heavily linked with both Arsenal and Juventus this summer.
Reports in Italy have suggested that the 23-year-old favours a move to Juve but the Italian steered clear of saying he is angling for a switch to Turin:
“I haven’t really thought about my next club so far, I was focused on the national team. From tomorrow [Monday] we will see what happens. I support Juventus? Right now we are here for the national team, so I support Italy.”
It does seem as though the Gunners have very little chance of snapping up Locatelli, despite making a significant effort to secure his services. It is believed the London club were prepared to pay €40m (£34m) upfront for the midfielder while Juventus are struggling to come up with the funds.
The Serie A side are now said to be prepared to pay €30m plus one player, but that is still somewhat short of what Sassuolo are asking for. A switch to Emirates appears to be a remote possibility but we should find out more about his future by the end of the week.