Rumoured Tottenham Hotspur Manuel Locatelli has refused to rule out a move away from Sassuolo this summer but did not give anything away with regards to his potential destination.
Locatelli is one of many Serie A players to be linked with a move to Tottenham after the appointment of Fabio Paratici as the club’s managing director of football.
While the central midfielder has been a consistent performer for Sassuolo over the years, his impressive showings for the Azzuri at Euro 2020 have now shot him into the limelight.
Previous reports have indicated that Juventus are also in talks with Sassuolo regarding a potential loan deal for the 23-year-old, while some sources have also established Tottenham’s North London rivals, Arsenal as the front-runners for the midfielder’s signature.
Sassuolo’s chief executive Giovanni Carnevali has warned clubs hoping to sign Locatelli that they would have to pay in excess of €40m (£34.4m).
The Italian international has now said that he did not give much thought to his future during the European Championship.
Locatelli said (via Fabrizio Romano): “I haven’t really thought about my next club so far, I was focused on the national team.
“From tomorrow we will see what happens. I support Juventus? Right now we are here for the national team, so I support Italy.”
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Going by the reports over recent weeks, Spurs do not seem to be at the front of the queue for Locatelli’s signature. The Italian international seems to be just one of many central midfielders on Paratici’s radar, with the Spurs managing director also rumoured to be after the likes of Franck Kessie and Weston McKennie.
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