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According to a report from Gazzetta Dello Sport, Tottenham Hotspur have now joined the race to sign Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli.

It’s claimed that Tottenham have decided to join the battle for Locatelli with Fabio Paratici unsurprisingly driving the interest.

Paratici has a great understanding of the Italian market, and could now challenge his former club Juventus in the race for Locatelli’s signature.

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Who is Manuel Locatelli?

Locatelli, 23, was initially in the Atalanta ranks before moving to AC Milan at the age of just 11, and he ended up becoming a first-team player at the San Siro.

The midfielder lost his way a little at Milan, but has fully rebuilt himself in three years at Sassuolo, becoming one of the most complete midfielders in Europe.

Locatelli does his best work dictating play in front of defence, but still recorded four goals and three assists for Sassuolo last season.

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Who could rival Tottenham for Locatelli?

The main club linked with Locatelli in recent days has been Tottenham’s bitter rivals Arsenal, with Gazzetta reporting that Edu was about to make a £34million bid.

Tottenham are now looking to swoop in and bring him to the other side of North London, but there is huge competition.

This new report claims that Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid are also keen on Locatelli, who starred for Italy in Friday’s Euro 2020 win over Turkey.

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