Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott | Arsenal & England Wonderkid


According to Gazzetta, Arsenal remain on the heels of Manuel Locatelli as they plot an ambitious January move for the Juventus midfielder. The Italy international’s future at the club remains uncertain, with the Gunners boss still keen on bringing him to north London and strengthening the squad. Manuel Locatelli’s future at Juventus hangs by a thread as he remains outside Massimiliano Allegri’s immediate plans. Despite playing healthy minutes this season, the Italy international is yet to cement a place in the starting lineup as the club evaluates the futures of several players and staff.

Juventus have endured a terrible start to their campaign domestically and in Europe. The recent loss to Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League raised questions about Allegri’s immediate future. Still, the club president reiterated his stance over keeping the manager and instead blamed several players who remained unnamed.

Locatelli could be one of those, and the club might be open to offers. Arsenal’s interest goes way back to the summer of 2021 when they made several approaches to sign the midfielder. He eventually signed for Juventus on an initial two-year loan with an obligation to purchase for around €40 million.
Recent media stories insisted that Locatelli would prefer to stay put; the events afterwards cast serious doubts about his future in Turin. Mikel Arteta wanted the 24-year-old Italian international to replace Granit Xhaka in 2021; the Spaniard may now look at him as a quality addition to the midfielder alongside the Swiss star.
It may still take at least €40 million to tempt Juventus to consider an approach, which may well be within Arsenal’s reach. Arteta has engineered the club to their best start to a Premier League campaign, and adding the likes of Locatelli would aid in their bid for the title.
As the stories around this subject keep coming, there might be some truth in the interest. The Gunners have been keen on a new midfielder and considering Locatelli’s ability to play the holding role and contribute to the attacking phase as well, he might prove a wise investment. When asked about the possible transfer, Walcott stated that it would benefit the Gunners.