Liverpool FC have joined the race to sign Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli according to a report by La Gazzetta dello Sport. It’s no more news that the 23-year-old is Juventus’ transfer priority this summer as talks have been ongoing for weeks.
However, the challenge for the Old Ladies is their inability to meet Sassuolo’s €40m valuation of the player who impressed at Euro 2020. Meanwhile, another Premier League club Arsenal have placed an adequate bid for the Italian.
It has been reported that Locatelli is not interested in a move to Arsenal and wants to join Juventus so he can play in the Champions League according to the report. However, another suitor is about to enter the race for the star and it is Liverpool.
According to the CEO of the club, Giovanni Carnevali, another Premier League club has entered the race for Locatelli and Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Carnevali is referring to Liverpool.
The Serie A outfit has set a deadline of August 8 for any transfer for any of their stars and although the report suggests that the Reds are yet to make a formal bid for Locatelli, they are expected to make an opening one soon.
It appears that Juventus cannot afford to sign the Italy international on a permanent deal and must convince Sassuolo to accept a loan offer with an option to buy.
Meanwhile, the latter have previously rejected Juventus’ loan offer of €5m plus an option to buy for €20m and €7m in bonuses.