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Arsenal and Tottenham have been set a deadline for their pursuit of Manuel Locatelli, with Sassuolo insisting that anyone wanting the Euro 2020 winner will have to strike a deal by ‘early August’, via Gazzetta dello Sport. 

You can understand why Sassuolo would be keen to draw a line under a transfer saga that has been rumbling on all summer. 

The Emilia-Romagna outfit will begin their new Serie A season away at Hellas Verona in just over three weeks.

And Sassuolo would obviously like to know if they can start planning for life with – or without – arguably their most important and most influential player. 

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It is no secret that Locatelli has his heart set on a dream move to his boyhood club Juventus. 

But the Old Lady are yet to stump up the near £40 million fee Sassuolo want for the Italy international play-maker, meaning the door is still very much ajar for Fabio Paratici to nab the former AC Milan youngster from under the nose of his old employers (Gazzetta).

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Arsenal have not given up hope just yet either, with Locatelli’s agent admitting last week that Mikel Arteta’s side had came forward with an offer in the region of £34 million (Standard).

In an attempt to move on and wash their hands of the whole situation, Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali insists that the shutters will come down at the Mapei Stadium within the next couple of days.  

“We are waiting for an adequate offer, otherwise Locatelli will remain in Sassuolo. In early August we will close our market,” Carnevali explained.

It is not certain whether that also applies to Sassuolo’s other exit-linked stars, including defender Mert Muldur, tricky winger Jeremie Boga and the explosive Domenico Berardi.

The latter, a player in the Riyad Mahrez mould, has been linked with Leicester City recently. 

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