Juve’s sporting director, Fabio Paratici, who has been an admirer of the 23-year-old since his early career at Milan, has stepped up his interest after being impressed with the 23-year-old’s performances for club and country over the past 12 months.
In addition to the Bianconeri, Manchester United and Chelsea were also interested in the Italy international midfielder. However, according toGoal Italy
, Juventus have opened talks with Sassuolo over a possible deal, where Sassuolo are likely to request a fee of around €40 million.
With the Covid-19 pandemic’s effect on football clubs’ finances, big-money transfers will be increasingly difficult to achieve this summer.
However, Juventus are confident they will be able to strike a deal with Sassuolo for Locatelli that meets their valuated fee that will be spread over several years to ease the immediate financial burden, a transfer similar to that of Federico Chiesa from Fiorentina.
10 points behind leaders Inter with 11 games remaining, Andrea Pirlo is under pressure after a disappointing first season in charge of Juve.
Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot, Alex Sandro, Paulo Dybala, and Cristiano Ronaldo have all been linked with a summer exit as rumors of a summer rebuild have begun.