Juventus set to bid £26million for transfer target Locatelli

Reports suggest that Juventus could make a bid for Manuel Locatelli.

Juventus are preparing an offer of £26million plus teenage centre-back Radu Dragusin for Sassuolo midfielder and new Italy hero Manuel Locatelli, according to reports. The Italian midfielder has impressed at Euro 2020 this summer and scored twice in the Azzurri’s 3-0 win over Switzerland which qualified Roberto Mancini’s side for the last-16 earlier this week.

At eight-placed Sassuolo the 23-year-old enjoyed a promising season before linking up with the Italian national team for the summer tournament and is said to be valued by the Neroverdi at £34million.

And according to reports from Italy, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has placed the midfielder at the top of his priority list this summer and will hope the offer of Dragusin will convince Sassuolo to accept a lower transfer fee for the midfielder.

Dragusin, a 19-year old teenage defender is highly rated in Turin but struggled for minutes at Juventus last season. He had to compete for places with Matthijs De Ligt, Leonardo Bonucci, Merih Demiral and Giorgio Chiellini at centre-half.  and played only four times under former Juventus head coach Andrea Pirlo last season.

Pirlo was replaced by Allegri as Juventus manager last month, just two seasons after quitting the Serie A giants after winning five straight Serie A titles. Locatelli is also garnering interest from other European clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal.

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