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Italian Publication Calcio Mercato are claiming Arsenal had a bid for Manuel Locatelli rejected by AC Milan in the summer transfer window.
Arsenal had its busiest summer in recent years, spending more than £90m on new signings. It has now emerged that we could have spent more than that had we got our way.
According to a report in The Daily Star, Wenger wanted to bring Locatelli to the Emirates in the summer but Milan were not interested in selling and dismissed our bid outrightly.
Our scouts monitored the midfielder on numerous occasions last year and the good feedback that was gotten from the scouting department prompted us to make a bid for the midfielder.
Our reported attempt to sign Locatelli should be a bit surprising to many as there was no report linking us with the midfielder in the summer. It seems it was one of the deals that the club was looking to secure secretly but it didn’t work out as planned.
Locatelli is a player with a bright future ahead of him and is already being dubbed the next Andrea Pirlo in his homeland. He has made seven appearances for his club this season, scoring two goals already.
The few times I have watched the midfielder play, I was more than impressed with his performances as he showed superb quality. With his kind of quality, I wouldn’t be surprised if we try to sign him again in the future.
Personally, I would like the club to go all out for the youngster next summer as he would be a perfect replacement for Santi Cazorla who is gradually nearing the end of his career.