Juventus will pay Sassuolo nothing for Locatelli until 2023
Juventus will pay Sassuolo nothing for new signing Manuel Locatelli until 2023.
The Serie A giants confirmed on Tuesday they had secured Italy midfielder Locatelli’s services on a five-year deal, with a €25million fee cited.
However, the full details of the agreement show Juve effectively have Locatelli on a free for the next two years.
After that time, and if certain “sporting objectives are met”, Juve will be obligated to pay the €25m over the following three years to retain his registration.
A further €12.5m will be payable if additional conditions are met.
Locatelli scored twice against Switzerland and made five appearances in Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph.
Juve vice president Pavel Nedved revealed at the start of this month that the Turin giants had made what they considered to be an “appropriate offer” for Locatelli and they have now got their man.
Locatelli had the second-best goals-per-90-minute ratio of any Italy player (0.66) in Euro 2020 after Matteo Pessina (0.95).
Mbappe to Madrid?
Elsewhere, rumour has it that Madrid not giving up on Mbappe as United eye Monaco ace
Real Madrid have not given up on signing Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe, according to Diario AS.
Mbappe is into the final year of his PSG contract and while he has been tipped to make the move to Madrid, he has reportedly told friends he will remain in Paris.
But LaLiga powerhouses Real — also linked with Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland — believe it is a strategy to secure a friendly exit from PSG.
Manchester United are interested in Monaco defensive midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, say reporters Sacha Tavolieri and Jonathan Shrager.
United have also been linked with Rennes sensation Eduardo Camavinga, who is reportedly wanted by PSG and Madrid.
RB Leipzig star Marcel Sabitzer is interested in a move to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich, claim Bild.
Goal say Arsenal are close to signing Martin Odegaard, who spent six months on loan at the Emirates last season, from Madrid.
Duvan Zapata is Inter Milan’s priority signing, according to Calciomercato.
Despite signing Edin Dzeko and Denzel Dumfries after Romelu Lukaku’s exit, the Serie A champions are eyeing the Atlanta forward.
Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram, Joaquin Correa of Lazio, Torino forward Andrea Belotti and Wolfsburg’s Wout Weghorst are other options.
Italian journalist Sara Meini reports Manchester City are stepping up their pursuit of Fiorentina forward Dusan Vlahovic amid their struggle to prise Harry Kane from Tottenham.
Atletico Madrid and Spurs have also been linked with Vlahovic.
Juventus are nearing a deal to re-sign Miralem Pjanic from Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Juve are also listening to offers for Weston McKennie.