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Arsenal finally drop out of midfielder’s pursuit

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Serie A giants Juventus are set to complete their summer-long pursuit of Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli.

According to transfer-market specialist Fabrizio Romano, the Turin club are set to submit their final bid for the 23-year-old this week. The Old Lady are confident of reaching an agreement in the region of €35 million. The structure of the deal is yet to be finalized.

Locatelli has come through AC Milan’s youth ranks. He joined Sassuolo, on loan with an obligation to pay, in the summer of 2018. Since then, he has established his reputation as one of the best young midfielders in Italian football.

He was a key part of Antonio Conte’s Italy side that won the recently-concluded Euro Cup. He certainly announced himself on the global stage with his brace in the group win over Switzerland.

This development marks the final nail in the coffin of Arsenal’s pursuit of the Italian midfielder.

The Gunners attempted to sign the midfielder earlier in the window and even submitted an official bid, matching Sassuolo’s valuation.

However, their advances were turned down by the player, who has been adamant about joining Juventus.

Arsenal have already signed a central midfielder in Sambi Lokonga this summer. Notwithstanding, they wanted to sign another central midfielder. Now, it appears that they have given up on their plan and have instead decided to keep Granit Xhaka.

The Swiss midfielder was linked with a move to AS Roma all summer. However, that move now appears to be dead as Arsenal have extended his contract. According to another report from Romano, Xhaka has signed a new deal with the North London club.

The new contract will keep the 28-year-old at the club until June, 2015.

It has certainly been a terrible week for the Arsenal fanbase, which is rife with discontent after the opening-day defeat at Brentford.

Questions have been asked about Mikel Arteta’s ability. And the decision to extend Xhaka’s contract hasn’t gone down well with the majority of the fanbase.

I have been writing about the beautiful game for the last 6 years contributing articles to The Daily Mail, Vocal, Fan Sided and many other publications.

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