Arsenal have made an ‘important’ bid for Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli, says Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali.
The Gunners expressed interest in signing the Euro 2020 star earlier in the month and have now contacted Sassuolo with an official offer, according to Carnevali.
He told Sky Sport Italia: ‘Arsenal have made an official bid for Locatelli. They’re pushing hard to sign Manuel and it’s an important bid… we will see.
‘Also Juventus want Locatelli and we’ve a special relationship with them. We’ve a new meeting scheduled with Juve.
‘We are trying to leave the lad calm, so I haven’t spoken to him or his agents yet. We can think about Locatelli’s future, but above all we care about his present and that means Italy doing well at the Euros.’
Locatelli, 23, has established himself as one of Sassuolo’s most important players over the past two seasons, with his form also attracting interest from Serie A giants Juventus.
The midfielder has featured in three of Italy’s four Euro 2020 fixtures to date, helping Roberto Mancini’s side cruise through the group stages and into the quarter-finals of the tournament.
Arsenal’s move for Locatelli comes as the Gunners close in on a deal for Portuguese defender Nuno Tavares and make progress with Anderlecht midfielder Sambi Lokonga.
Locatelli, who scored twice for Italy during their recent win over Switzerland, will hope to impress yet again on Friday against the impressive Belgium.
If Mancini’s side knock out the Belgians, they will face either Switzerland or Spain in the semi-finals and could meet England in the final after the Three Lions beat Germany to book their place in the last-eight