Locatelli snubbed Arsenal for Juventus despite being offered more money by Gunners
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Locatelli snubbed Arsenal for Juventus despite being offered more money by Gunners

Arsenal made a higher offer for Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli, but he turned it down in favor of a transfer to Juventus.

The club’s CEO indicated that they would have preferred him to move to England rather than to their Italian rivals.

Arsenal reportedly offered €40 million (£34.3 million) for the Euro 2020 winner, €2.5 million (£2.3 million) more than Juventus.

Locatelli snubbed Arsenal for Juventus despite being offered more money by Gunners
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The player would have earned a bigger wage at the North London club – €5.5 million (£4.7 million) per year after tax – than at Juve, where he will earn €3.5 million (£3 million) per year.

Following Sassuolo’s decision to sanction a transfer to their Italian rivals, the club was heavily criticized for proceeding with the transaction.

“(It is) not easy to understand for individuals who do not have the skills,” he told Gazetta di Modena.

“Even if certain intricacies are difficult to understand, this operation has resulted in a great outcome and benefits for both teams.

“Surely it is incorrect to claim and believe that we ‘gave’ Locatelli to Juve for two years; someone even suggested that it was an immoral operation.

“They offered us 40 million euros, but Locatelli was set on only going to Juventus, so we did everything we could to make him happy. Arsenal made a request, and it cost us something…”

Locatelli snubbed Arsenal for Juventus despite being offered more money by Gunners
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Arsenal would have delighted to have Locatelli’s quality, and after a dismal start to the season, bringing in a player of that caliber would have surely lifted the team’s spirits.

The Gunners, on the other hand, have moved on and are now the biggest spenders in the summer market.

Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, center-back Ben White, full-back Nuno Tavares, and midfielders Albert Sambi Lokonga and Martin Odegaard have all cost the club £129 million so far.

Arteta will be hoping that those signings would help the Gunners have a far more successful season after a poor eighth-place finish previous season.

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