Arsenal enter the battle to sign 23-year-old Serie A midfielder

The London giants are prepared to launch their pursuit of Manuel Locatelli this summer. They are reportedly on the lookout for talented midfielders this summer, with their search now leading them towards Italy international, who is making quite a noise in Serie A.

Arsenal are primarily interested in Martin Odegaard or Houssem Aouar this summer but are likely to be priced out of a move for both the footballers, especially in light of the current financial climate in football. As such, they are now looking at Manuel, who could be a much easier and more realistic target as the player himself has voiced his desire to take the next step in his career.

Locatelli has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence during his time at Sassuolo, with the player emerging as a midfield lynchpin for the Serie A club. He has primarily impressed the onlookers with his aggressive nature and a fighting spirit that has helped the 23-year-old midfielder flourish under the leadership of Roberto De Zerbi.

The Italian midfielder is currently believed to be valued at nearly £32m, which is certainly a fortune considering the state of the current market. With the midfielder’s deal expiring in 2023, though, it will be interesting to see whether Sassuolo are willing to negotiate a move with either the Gunners or any other suitor.

As far as Gunners are concerned, their interest in Manuel could be a part of the Spanish manager’s new plans in the midfield department as the club prepares to let go of their pursuit for a permanent move for on-loan Dani Ceballos while Mohamed Elneny, Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi have all been linked with moves away from Arsenal.