Juventus confirm Manuel Locatelli signing

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Locatelli performed well at Euro 2020
Locatelli performed well at Euro 2020 / MB Media/Getty Images

Juventus have confirmed the signing of Manuel Locatelli from Sassuolo on a five-year deal.

Locatelli has long been linked with a move to Turin and the Old Lady have finally secured his signature just in time for the start of the new Serie A season.

The midfielder has impressed for Sassuolo since joining the club, initially on loan, in 2018. The 2020/21 campaign was his best yet with his displays earning him a regular spot in the Italy team.

Since making his debut for the Azzurri he has gone on to win 15 caps. This includes five appearances in Italy’s Euro 2020 campaign, with Locatelli enjoying a 24-minute cameo in the final.

His performances in the tournament increased his stock and Juventus have faced competition from the likes of Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund for his signing this summer.

They have now got the deal done, though, with the club confirming Locatelli’s arrival. He has joined for a two-year loan with the buy obligation set at €35m, with the deal lasting until 2026.

The end of their club statement reads: "In short, the numbers, despite his young age, tell of a lad with superb talent and the personality of a veteran. Of someone who has already made his mark. And that he will now continue to do so in Black and White of Juventus.

"Welcome, Loca!"

He joins a contingent of midfielders which already includes Aaron Ramsey, Arthur Melo, Rodrigo Bentancur, Weston McKennie and Adrien Rabiot. Danilo has also been deployed there in the past, while youngsters Hans Nicolussi Caviglia and Nicolo Fagioli will be hopeful of breaking into the first-team set-up too.