Juventus’ negotiations with Sassuolo for rumoured Tottenham target Manuel Locatelli seem to have hit a temporary roadblock, according to CalcioMercato.
Tottenham have been linked with a whole host of Serie A stars since the appointment of Fabio Paratici as the club’s managing director of football.
Locatelli, who has transferred his form at club level to the international scene with the Azzuri at the European Championships, is one of the players that Paratici is rumoured to have his eye on.
Fabrizio Romano revealed last week that Juventus had already opened negotiations with Sassuolo for the 23-year-old on a potential loan deal with an obligation to buy.
However, CalcioMercato have now suggested that the negotiations between the two parties are not proving straightforward.
The report explains that while Locatelli remains a priority for Juventus, they have pushed back the meeting with Sassuolo by another week.
It is also revealed that the conditions proposed by Juve ‘do not satisfy’ Sassuolo and that the negotiations will last for ‘a few weeks’.
Spurs Web Opinion
It stands to reason that Spurs and Juventus would have similar targets this summer given that Paratici has now jumped ship. If do we have a genuine interest in Locatelli, one would hope that Juve dithering would open the door for us to swoop in.
However, I am not convinced that the Sassuolo star will be viewed as a priority by the Spurs hierarchy as spending £30-£40m on a centre midfielder when we have more urgent issues to address in positions like centre-back and right-back, does not seem like the wisest of moves.
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