Arsenal are interested in signing Juventus midfielder Manuel Locatelli in the January transfer window, according to a new transfer report.
The Lowdown: Arsenal miss out on midfielder
The Gunners were looking to bolster their midfield options during the summer but they ended up failing to make significant reinforcements in that position.
There were attempts to sign Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz on deadline day but he ended up staying put, meaning that Mikel Arteta has to get by with his current options.
However, it could be that a new signing comes in during the winter, with a fresh claim suggesting as such.
The Latest: Arsenal keen on signing Locatelli
According to Calciomercato, Arsenal plan to reignite their interest in Locatelli once the January transfer window arrives.
The 24-year-old has struggled to impress at Juventus since joining on loan from Sassuolo last year, only playing 22 minutes of Champions League football so far this season and being blamed by many Bianconeri supporters for the club’s poor form of late, which has left them mid-table in Serie A and up against it to progress in Europe.
The Verdict: Ideal January addition?
Locatelli could be exactly what Arsenal are seeking in terms of a midfield signing, even though he hasn’t set the world alight at his current club.
The midfielder’s quality shone through at Euro 2020 when he scored twice against Switzerland en route to his nation’s eventual triumph in the final, with his quality on the ball and physicality often proving to be influential.
Locatelli has averaged 2.2 tackles per game in Serie A this season, while his 89% pass completion rate at Euro 2022 sums up his ability to retain possession, having been called ‘incredible’ by journalist Dylan Walsh in the past.
Indeed, if things continue to go badly for him in Turin, both he and his club might be open to a transfer, which might play into Arsenal’s hands.
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