Juventus are set to beat Arsenal with the transfer of midfielder Sassuolo and Italy international Manuel Locatelli.
The 23-year-old has a preference for playing in the Champions League next season and would prefer to be transferred to the Italian giant.
Locatelli has scored twice for Italy at Euro 2020 and appeared in five of his country’s seven games when he won the trophy by beating England in the final earlier this month.
This has put the Serie A star in the spotlight and it looks like he will be leaving Sassuolo this summer, but he prefers to stay in Italy.
The Gunners remain the favorites to sign the midfielder despite their willingness to pay the asking price.
Sassuolo are asking £34million for their central midfielder and Arsenal are ready to endorse the deal, but Juve want a more structured payment.
The Bianconeri are offering a £26million fee, but in the form of a loan deal for the 2021-2022 campaign, before being forced to sign the player for good the following year. Indeed, the club is aware of its precarious economic situation and must reduce its expenses throughout the year, with a transfer divided into installments under different economic conditions favorable to the club.
This decision may depend on the situation of players currently at Juventus, who wish to reduce their starting XI in order to reinvest in new recruits.
Locatelli joined Sassuolo from Milan in 2019 after paying £12million in fees following a successful loan-out to the club, and he has made 140 Serie A appearances during his career.
Arsenal are reportedly only ready to sign players who are fully committed to their project, and the Italian’s doubts have affected his chances of signing.
The north London club are set to strike a deal to sign Brighton defender Ben White which will cost an upfront fee of £50million.
They are also expected to add Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga for £15million, plus £3.8million in potential additions.
Arsenal have already signed defender Nuno Tavares from Benfica this summer in a bid to rebuild their squad after missing out on European qualifying for the first time in 25 years.