Juventus preparing €40m Locatelli bid

Sun 25 July 2021 | 14:30

Being long admirers of Sassuolo midfielders, Juventus had an offer rejected in April, and after negotiations with Sassuolo, they are ready to step up their endeavors further.

According to


, Sassuolo rejected Juve’s first offer of a two-year loan that

included an option to purchase for €30m

. The outlet reports that the


will only consider a permanent agreement and want at least €40m for the midfielder, who is under contract at the Mapei Stadium until 2023.

The Bianconeri were reportedly interested in including meet 


's asking price by including a senior player in the deal, with Radu Dragusin and Nicolo Fagioli being mooted as potential makeweights. However, Fagioli's agent Andrea D'Amico has ruled out the possibility of his client heading to



"Juventus would like to sign Locatelli and Arsenal have already offered €40m," 


 said last week. "But I can ensure you that, as of today, Fagioli has not been included in the deal."

Bianconeri’s new proposal includes a 25 percent cut of any future transfer fee that will be given to 




Playing a key role in Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph, 

Manuel Locatelli

 impressed at Euro 2020 with Italy, meeting the target twice against Switzerland, which earned him interest from Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund.

Facing serious competition from 


 for the midfielder, the Italian would rather make a move to Juventus as they play in the Champions League, with 


 set to reopen negotiations with his current club.

source: Goal

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