Juventus have officially signed Manuel Locatelli from Sassuolo on a two-year loan with obligation to buy for a total of up to €37.5m.
The precise details of the deal were laid out in an official statement released by Juventus.
“Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces that an agreement with U.S. Sassuolo Calcio for the free temporary acquisition, until 30 June 2023, of the registration rights of the player Manuel Locatelli has been finalized.
“The agreement entails the obligation for Juventus to definitely acquire the player’s registration rights, subject to the achievement of certain given sporting objectives by the end of the season 2022/23.
“The agreed consideration for the definitive acquisition is €25m, payable in three years.
“Furthermore, a maximum of €12.5m of cumulative bonuses are envisaged upon achievement of further sporting performance objectives.”
The ‘sporting objectives’ are very simple, namely the obligation to buy is activated the moment Juventus earn their first Serie A point of the season.
In that sense, it is very much a guarantee rather than an option, which is what Sassuolo demanded before letting Locatelli go.
Indeed, the Sassuolo version of the statement makes clear this is “a two-season loan with obligation to buy.”
The 23-year-old Italy international had his medical in Turin this morning and posed with fans before signing the contract to June 2026.
Juventus needed it to be a two-year loan because they had a very similar deal with Fiorentina for Federico Chiesa and the payment for him is due next summer.
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