Juventus signed a loan agreement for Manuel Locatelli from Sassuolo with a commitment to buy it for 35 million euros.
Locatelli captured the attention of all of Europe with a series of impressive performances in Italy during their successful Euro 2020 campaign.
And, despite Arsenal’s call made earlier in the transfer window, this summer it was Juventus who received the midfielder. The 23-year-old will initially join the club on a two-year lease agreement, then move permanently in the summer of 2023, with the player’s contract running until 2026.
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“Juventus Football Club SpA announces that the agreement with US Sassuolo Calcio for the free temporary purchase until June 30, 2023 of the registration rights of the player Manuel Locatelli has been completed,” the club said in a statement.
The deep-lying midfielder played a key role as Sassuolo finished eighth in the league last season, posting the league’s best assists with 1,358 assists and 81 tackles won. Locatelli became the youngest player in the rankings for the 2019-2020 season. 100 league appearances, with 144 goals and 8 goals and 11 assists.
Locatelli, who signed Sassuolo from Milan in 2018 despite interest from abroad, has always preferred to remain in Serie A and becomes the second signing of Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri since his return to the club. Cayo Jorge, 19 years old, joined us from Santos in early August for a fee of € 3 million.
Having won Serie A in each of the previous nine years, Bianconeri finished fourth in the league last season, leading to the firing of former player Andrea Pirlo and speculation about the future of the mascot Cristiano Ronaldo.
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