Juventus have confirmed the signing of Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli.
The 23-year-old has joined on an initial two-year loan, with Juventus holding an obligation to then purchase the player for €25 million payable over three years plus €12.5 million in potential add-ons.
Locatelli was considered by Arsenal during the transfer window with Sassuolo’s chief executive at one point appearing to confirm the north London club had bid for the Italy international but it was always felt the player preferred a move to Juventus.
The midfielder, who starred for Italy during their Euro 2020 run, becomes new head coach Massimiliano Allegri’s first signing since returning to Juventus.
He was among the top midfielders in Serie A last season under Roberto De Zerbi, winning plaudits for his dominating performances as Sassuolo finished eighth.
Locatelli joined Sassuolo from AC Milan in 2018, making 99 appearances for the side and scoring seven goals. He has also amassed 15 caps for Italy.