Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali has dropped a strong hint that Arsenal could be in a good position to win the race for the transfer of Manuel Locatelli.
The exciting young midfielder has been one of the stand-out performers for Euro 2020 finalists Italy at this summer’s European Championships, and it wouldn’t be a all surprising if he had plenty of suitors in the transfer market ahead of next season.
Carnevali has previously gone public on Arsenal’s pursuit of Locatelli, as quoted by the Daily Mirror, and there’s been another update from the club chief, even if he hasn’t named the Gunners this time.
See below as Fabrizio Romano tweets Carnevali’s latest quotes, which state that Sassuolo are in talks over selling Locatelli to an unnamed foreign club, suggesting they could be in a strong position as talks are “really advanced” and their Serie A rivals Juventus might struggle to afford him…
Sassuolo CEO Carnevali to Sky: “We’re in talks for Locatelli with one club from abroad… and it’s really advanced. We’re gonna meet with Juventus in the next days, but there are no negotiations yet with Juve as Italian clubs are in difficult financial situation”. ?? #AFC #Juve
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 8, 2021
Tellingly, Romano also includes the #AFC hashtag, with the in-the-know journalist clearly thinking this could be of significance to Arsenal.
Arsenal fans will hope this can develop into something genuine, rather than being Sassuolo using their interest and exaggerating it to try and convince Juventus to up their offer.