Arsenal’s failed £35m Locatelli transfer emerges as ‘immoral’ signing claim made

Sassuolo will not only receive less money for Manuel Locatelli who signed for Juventus, but the player will reportedly earn £8.5million less by snubbing Arsenal

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Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali has revealed that Arsenal had a £35m bid on the table for Manuel Locatelli, but the Italian opted to join Juventus instead.

The midfielder had a host of clubs tracking him after starring for Italy at Euro 2020 with the Gunners and the Old Lady emerging as the favourites to secure his signature.

Mikel Arteta was keen to strengthen in the middle of the park with reports that Granit Xhaka was set to leave the club.

But it was the Serie A side who came out on top as it was the player’s preference to join Juve, despite Arsenal’s bid of £35m being of higher value than the Italian club’s offer.

Manuel Locatelli snubbed Arsenal to sign for Juventus

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Sassuolo were forced to get creative to grant Locatelli his wish by accepting a two-year loan deal, with an obligation to buy in 2023 for a £20m fee with £10m in potential add-ons.

Sassuolo will not only receive less money for Locatelli, but the player will reportedly earn £8.5m less by choosing Juventus over Arsenal, with claims that it was an ‘immoral’ agreement.

Carnevali confirmed Arsenal’s interest during an interview with Gazzetta di Modena as the Sassuolo chief explained their decision to accept Juve’s offer for the 23-year-old.

He said: “Not easy to understand for those who do not have the skills. This operation has brought a positive result and benefits to both clubs, even if certain technicalities are complicated to explain.

“Surely it is wrong to say and think that we ‘gave’ Locatelli to Juve for two years, someone even spoke of an immoral operation.

“These are senseless concepts. The reality is that at the end of the 2022/23 season for Juve, the obligation to sell will be triggered and we will be guaranteed to collect the over £32m agreed upon.”

When Carnevali was asked whether he ‘regrets’ not selling the player to Mikel Arteta’s side, he replied: “They offered us £35m, but Locatelli’s will was to go only to Juventus and we did everything to please him.

“A request, that of Arsenal, which cost us something…”

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