Former AC Milan midfielder emerged as surprise transfer target for Arsenal
Football.London reports that Arsenal are ready to launch their pursuit of midfielder Manuel Locatelli this summer.
They are allegedly on the lookout for talented midfielders in the summer, with their search now leading the Gunners towards the 23-year-old Sassuolo star.
Arsenal are primarily interested in Houssem Aouar or Martin Odegaard this summer, but are likely to be priced out of a move for both stars, particularly in light of the current financial climate in football.
As such, the club are now looking at Manuel, who could be a much easier and more realistic transfer target as the player himself has voiced his willingness to take the next step in his career.
He has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence during his time at the Italian club, with the midfielder emerging as a midfield lynchpin for them.
He has primarily impressed the onlookers with his fighting spirit and aggressive nature that has helped the ace flourish under the leadership of Roberto De Zerbi.
The Italy international is currently believed to be rated at around £31.5 million, which is surely a fortune considering the state of the current market.
With Manuel’s contract expiring in 2023, though, it’ll be interesting to see whether Sassuolo are prepared to negotiate a move with Mikel Arteta’s side.