Liverpool in the race to sign Juventus midfielder Manuel Locatelli
Liverpool is on the hunt for new midfielders this summer as they face the possibility of losing some of their key players in that position. With Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set to leave at the end of the season, and James Milner alongside Jordan Henderson and Thiago not getting any younger, the Reds are in dire need of midfield reinforcements.
It’s no secret that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is on the lookout for fresh talent to bolster his midfield, and one name that has cropped up in recent weeks is that of Juventus midfielder Manuel Locatelli. According to reports from Italy, the Reds are showing an interest in the Italian international, who has been a pillar of the Juve midfield this season.
Calcio Mercato via Liverpool Echo claim the Reds’ interest in Locatelli for the summer transfer window of 2023. That window already promises a lot of change for the Reds, and hopefully, we get on board some talented midfielders as well.
Despite him being a crucial player for the Bianconeri, Liverpool reportedly consider a move for the 23-year-old in the summer transfer window. Locatelli’s value is around £31m, but the Reds are willing to spend big to secure the services of the talented midfielder.
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The defensive midfielder has made 29 appearances across all competitions this season and has been a solid presence at the back for Massimiliano Allegri’s side. Moreover, he is also a regular for the Italy national team, helping them win the UEFA Euro 2020 as well.
If Liverpool were to secure the signing of Locatelli, it would certainly be a major coup for the club. The Italian midfielder obviously possesses excellent technical abilities and is known for his vision and passing range. His work rate and defensive qualities would also be a valuable asset to the Liverpool midfield.
Also, with Liverpool’s current midfielders struggling for form and fitness, the addition of a player like Locatelli would provide much-needed competition and depth in that area of the pitch. Klopp is known for his ability to develop young talent, and the 25-year-old would fit perfectly into the Reds’ system, given his age and potential for growth.
The reported interest in Locatelli is a promising sign that the club is actively searching for a player to fill any possible void. With his impressive performances for Juventus and the Italian national team, Locatelli would certainly bring a wealth of talent and a level of experience to the Liverpool squad. He has a contract until 2026 (Transfermarkt) with Juventus.
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However, the transfer market can be unpredictable, and it remains to be seen whether Liverpool will be successful in securing his signature. Regardless, it is clear that the Reds are taking the necessary steps to strengthen their squad and compete at the highest level in the upcoming season.