Updated: August 19, 2021 8:45:56 am
Manuel Locatelli, one of Italy’s standout performers in its Euro 2020 success, has completed a loan move to Juventus from Sassuolo, the Turin side said on Wednesday.
The deal includes a 37.5 million euro ($40.94 million), including add-ons, obligation to buy at the end of the 2022-23 season, subject to certain conditions.
𝘈𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘓𝘰𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪? ➡️ 🤲
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 18, 2021
“Manuel is absolute quality and security in midfield, bringing a level of class that few have. The giant steps he has made in the top-flight, after a period at Atalanta and Milan’s youth teams, only confirms this,” Juventus said in a statement.
The Lecce-born midfielder, 23, scored twice in Italy’s 3-0 group stage win over Switzerland to help secure a last-16 berth for the eventual champion.
He has scored three times for Italy in 15 appearances.
Juventus endured a difficult campaign last season, with the defending champion finishing fourth under rookie coach Andrea Pirlo, leading to Massimiliano Allegri returning to take over as coach for a second spell.
The club begins its 2021-22 Serie A season at Udinese on Sunday.
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