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Arsenal ready to bid for Manchester City target Manuel Locatelli

Arsenal are reportedly eyeing a move for Manuel Locatelli this summer.

According to reports from Gazzetta Dello Sport, the Gunners are heavily interested in signing the Italy midfielder.

However, they are not alone in the race to sign the 23-year-old. Premier League champions Manchester City, European champions Chelsea, and Serie A giants Juventus are all interested in snapping him up this summer.

According to Football London, the Gunners are set to make their move to sign the midfielder as a potential replacement for Granit Xhaka.

The Swiss midfielder is one of the several high profile players who are expected to leave the club this summer. Xhaka is wanted by Jose Mourinho at AS Roma.

The report claims that Arsenal are ready to bid €40m (£34.4m) to secure the signing of the Sassuolo midfielder, and the club CEO, Giovanni Carnevali, has confirmed that several foreign clubs are interested in the player.

Locatelli was simply brilliant last season. He made 34 appearances in Serie A, scoring four goals and providing three assists. He started against Turkey in the opening Euro game and looked impressive.

However, securing a deal for him is easier said than done. The player personally prefers a move to Juventus, and it will require a lot of convincing to bring him to the north London club this summer.

Locatelli has been performing exceptionally well in the past couple of seasons, and he would be a superb candidate to replace Xhaka.

Manchester City are also in the chase for him, but the Premier League champions have other priorities this summer.

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June 2021