Manchester United was in the market for a new midfielder this summer from the very beginning. The Red Devils were heavily linked with a move for Frenkie De Jong from Barcelona. However, the transfer did not materialize and the Dutch international stayed put at Barcelona. The club eventually signed Casemiro from Real Madrid, however, recent reports suggest that they also contacted Manuel Locatelli for a transfer.
The Italian international is currently contracted to Juventus and has reportedly rejected the interest this summer. Manuel Locatelli signed for Juventus from Sassuolo after the impressive UEFA European Championship campaign for Italy. The Bianconeri wanted a midfielder to strengthen their control over the matches and decided to go for the Italian.
The midfielder has been an important part of Juventus ever since his arrival from Sassuolo. The 24-year-old playmaker has been compared to the likes of Andrea Pirlo for his ability to sit deep and create chances. Manuel Locatelli has been deployed in a similar role for Juventus and Italy in recent months as Andrea Pirlo was.
Manuel Locatelli is happy at Juventus and wants to continue
Manchester United expressed an interest in signing the player this summer after the move for De Jong fell apart. Juventus was reportedly willing to consider a move, however, the player refused to switch clubs. The Italian international is pleased to be at the Bianconeri and feels at home. He rejected the opportunity to move to Manchester United in favor of staying at the Old Lady.
It seems to be the right choice as Manuel Locatelli’s style of play suits the Italian game a lot. The player would have to adapt massively if he is to play in the Premier League. In such circumstances, a move to a club like United where the expectations will be very high is not the ideal choice for a young player.
Furthermore, Manchester United is not playing in the UEFA Champions League this season, unlike Juventus. The Italian maestro will get the opportunity to play on the highest European stage with Juventus. This is a major attraction for many of the young players in the present time as it gives them great exposure. The platform also allows them to remain in the limelight which can bring even more lucrative offers in the future. Thus in totality, Manuel Locatelli seems to have made the right choice for his career!!
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