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Juventus sign Manuel Locatelli despite interest from two Premier League clubs

 

Juventus have officially confirmed the signing of Manuel Locatelli from Serie A side Sassuolo.

The immensely talented midfielder joined the Old Lady on a two-year loan deal, with an obligation to buy inserted for a £32 million transfer fee in 2023 (via BBC Sport).

He arrived for his medical at the club on Wednesday, where he was greeted by enthusiastic fans.

The 23-year-old had also sparked a transfer interest from Premier League outfits Liverpool and Arsenal.

However, Locatelli wanted a move to the Old Lady, and now he has got what he desired.

He is a versatile player who is primarily used as a deep-lying midfielder.

The Italy international is known for his vision, passing, technique and dribbling skills.

At such a young age, he has already clocked up at least 100 appearances in Serie A.

The Lecco-born footballer has played over 140 league matches for AC Milan and Sassuolo, netting eight goals and creating 11 assists in the process.

He enjoyed an impressive 2020-21 season for the Black and Greens, helping them to finish eighth in the table.

The 23-year-old made 34 Serie A appearances last campaign, netting four goals and creating three assists in the process (stats from Tranfermarkt).

The talented midfielder also played an important role for Italy at Euro 2020 as the Blues claimed their second European title.

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