Manuel Locatelli

Sassuolo have set their terms for Juventus to sign Manuel Locatelli, spreading €35m out over five years, but it must be a loan with obligation to buy.



There was another phone conversation today and the final response is expected from the Neroverdi on Tuesday.

These negotiations have dragged on all summer, with Arsenal seeing a far more lucrative proposal of €40m plus bonuses rejected because Locatelli only has his heart set on the Old Lady.

According to Sportitalia transfer chief Alfredo Pedullà and Sky Sport Italia pundit Gianluca Di Marzio, Sassuolo will set their final terms in tomorrow’s meeting.

That is a loan with obligation to buy for €35m, giving Juventus the chance to spread the payments out over five years, so at €7m per season.

They consider this to be more than generous after the other bids that were rejected, but in return they absolutely demand that it is a loan with obligation to buy.

Juve are trying to make this a loan with option to buy, perhaps at most becoming an obligation if they qualify for the Champions League.

The other issue is that the Bianconeri want this to be a two-year loan before the obligation is activated.

Most sources expect them to reach a deal, the €35m fee was already agreed last week, it’s now about the details of how Juventus will complete the payment.

This is, however, the final proposal and if there isn’t a positive response by Wednesday, Juve could begin to look elsewhere.

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