Official news: Italian giants Juventus locked the main goal of the summer transfer window, the Italian national team midfielder Manuel Locatelli.
The final transfer fee for Serie A team Sassuolo may be as high as $44 million, but Juventus will not have to pay a penny for two years. This is because given the club’s financial challenges due to the income shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it adopted creative transfer arrangements to complete the transaction.
Locatelli, who won the 2022 European Cup with Italy, completed his medical examination on August 18 and then signed a contract with Juventus that will enable him to turn 28 in 2026.
Juventus transfer to Locatelli
Here is how the Bianconeri Army designed this deal without spending a penny on the transfer fee this year.
They acquired the 23-year-old midfielder on loan for two years and are obliged to purchase his contract at the end of the 2022-2023 season. That was when the $29 million transfer fee started, but even so, it will be paid in the next three years.
Only when Locatelli meets the performance standards, Sassuolo will pay an additional $15 million.
Juventus will play the Serie A season opener in Udinese on Sunday, August 22, but it is unlikely that Locatelli will play in view of the fact that the transfer takes place too late. According to reports, since the 2022 European Cup, the Bianconeri have been chasing Locatelli all summer. Arsenal are obviously also interested, but Locatelli only looks at Juventus.
His debut may be after the international match day of the World Cup qualifiers in September. Juventus will face Naples in an important match of the Serie A season on Sunday, September 12.
Locatelli made a breakthrough in Sassuolo after joining Sassuolo from AC Milan in 2018. In Sassuolo’s three seasons, he played 99 times for Sassuolo, scoring 7 goals and assisting 11 times. He helped Sassuolo establish himself as a contender for the European seat in Serie A, achieving a surprising 11th place in the 2018-2019 season, and then finishing 8th in a row in the following two seasons.