Reports suggest that Liverpool will miss out on Italy star Manuel Locatelli this summer because he wants to join Juventus.
The Sassuolo midfielder burst onto the world stage last night with a brace for his country at Euro 2020. The Azzurri ran out 3-0 winners against Switzerland in Group A.
Locatelli grabbed all the headlines as he capped off a fantastic all-round midfield showing with two lovely goals.
He looks likely to leave Sassuolo this summer, with Fabrizio Romano claiming that the big Premier League sides are chasing him.
However, it now appears that he will in fact be staying in Italy.
Gazzetta Dello Sport report that Juventus are about to open negotiations for him.
They also claim that while Locatelli is open to a move abroad, he would prefer to play for the Old Lady.
Sassuolo have set their price at €40m (around £35m). However, this could increase with more performances like last night in the rest of the Euros.
Liverpool should do everything to steal Locatelli before it’s too late
Despite having a superb few seasons in Serie A, it has taken two goals in a major international tournament for the mainstream football fans to take notice of Locatelli.
The irony is that he isn’t even a regular goalscorer. He only scored four in Serie A last season, two of which were penalties.
The 23-year-old is at his best in deep positions, often playing as a No 6 for his club.
Yet his performances in Italy’s opening two games at Euro 2020 prove that he would be the perfect player to play as a No 8 for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Locatelli’s high energy, versatility and press-resistance make him the ideal Wijnaldum replacement.
He may dream of playing for Juventus, but there is every chance that they will not be able to pay the fee that Sassuolo demand.
For Liverpool, €35m for someone who will likely be a world-class player for years to come should be a no-brainer.
He is certainly worth watching for the next month or so.