Arsenal in disarray after Juventus formulate plan likely to succeed

Manuel Locatelli celebrating with Lorenzo Insigne, Italy, Euro 2020, June 2021

Arsenal are on course for more transfer heartache after Juventus’ plan to land a Gunners-linked Euro 2020 sensation was revealed.

Arsenalhave lurched from one disappointment to another thus far this summer. A move for Norwich playmaker Emi Buendia was hijacked in the latter stages by Aston Villa. The Argentine was projected to fill the void left by Martin Odegaard who now appears likely to remain with Real Madrid after their manager change gave the Norwegian a second chance.

Divisive midfielder Granit Xhaka was tipped to leave and net the Gunners a tidy sum. However, that deal has stalled, leading to Xhaka taking matters into his own hands.

Matteo Guendouzi has emerged as a surprise target for Borussia Dortmund should an England man depart. Furthermore, impressive youngster Joe Willock could be Newcastle-bound amid talk of an intriguing swap deal. Together, that all means Mikel Arteta’s side could be struggling for numbers in midfield.

One player who had been touted as an ideal capture was Sassuolo’s Manuel Locatelli.

The 23-year-old is one of the early success stories at Euro 2020, and recently registered a career-first in their victory over Switzerland.

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Arsenal were said to be preparing a £34m approach, though those hopes were torpedoed by Juventus’ interest.

Locatelli would also reportedly prefer to remain in Serie A, and the latest report from Goal) has detailed the intricacies of Juventus impending offer.

They state that the Bianconeri are readying an official approach to the tune of £26m with young defender Radu Drăgușin thrown in to sweeten the deal.

The 19-year-old Romanian has already earned international caps at Under-21 level and could help twist Sassuolo’s arm.