Why Locatelli rejected Arsenal transfer

The brother of Juventus star Manuel Locatelli has revealed why he turned down a move to Arsenal.

The Italian midfielder, 25, joined the Serie A giants on a two-year loan deal from Sassuolo in 2021.

And Juventus have a clause in the transfer which means they are obligated to buy him permanently for £30million this summer.

However, before joining the Turin-based outfit, he was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal.

But his brother Mattia has now explained that the love Locatelli has for Juventus made it an easy decision.

Speaking to Calcio Mercato, he said: “I still remember the negotiation [with Juventus]. For him it was very long.

“There was also Arsenal, but he wanted Juventus. The clubs kept meeting, but without reaching an agreement.

“Every day I looked at the Gazzetta to check. In Sassuolo he trained separately, in him the desire to change. A real emotion.

“On the day of his debut, he sent us a photo with the shirt and the words ‘I made it’.”

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