Locatelli talks about his transfer rumors and calls them "pleasing"

Tue 13 July 2021 | 8:26

The Sassuolo midfielder, who shone for his nation at Euro 2020, has stated that a transfer to Turin is his first choice this summer.

Manuel Locatelli says Juventus' interest is "pleasing," but the

Euro 2020

champion appears to

rule out a transfer to Arsenal this summer

The Sassuolo midfielder exceeded expectations for his country at the European Championships this summer, putting up strong performances when filling in for Marco Verratti. 

Prior to that, his value was already high, with

Serie A

giants in Turin contemplating a move, but other clubs, including

Premier League

powerhouses, have joined the chase in recent weeks.

While on international duty, Locatelli insists he wasn't paying heed to transfer rumors, but he did tell

Sky Sport Italia

about the adoring looks he's getting:

"Up until now, I haven't really thought about it, I couldn't.

"The interest from Juventus is pleasing, they are a great team, and I have said it several times."

Locatelli came off the bench in the Euro 2020 final to assist Italy to win. 

He didn't have to take a penalty since England missed three of their own, allowing the Azzurri to win the continental title. 

The 23-year-old, on the other hand, had stepped up in a semi-final shootout against Spain, only to be denied. 

He was eager to move forward once again, but he preferred to watch others do the job for Roberto Mancini's team.

Locatelli continued about messing up his lines against Spain:

"The world was collapsing around me, and he [Giorgio Chiellini] kept repeating to rest assured because we would have won.

"He told me the same [against England], and apparently, he was right. I would have taken one. Anyway, luckily the others did it."


source: SportMob