Manuel Locatelli is reportedly concerned he won’t play a lot next season but the club’s position for now is to keep him.
Locatelli became a hero to the Rossoneri fans after his goals against Sassuolo (4-3 win) and Juventus (1-0 win), and he played an important part in last season’s team, stepping in the place of Montolivo, who had been dealing with an injury.
But with Montolivo returning, Jose Sosa (seemingly) staying and Lucas Biglia & Franck Kessié (and perhaps even another midfielder) joining, competition will be a much bigger next season for the 19-year-old.
La Gazzetta dello Sport, La Stampa and other newspapers in Italy have today linked Locatelli with Juventus, saying the midfielder is a target of Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and that there will be a meeting between Locatelli’s agent and the Bianconeri in the coming days to work on a move. Their idea is to sign the Italian and then loan him out to Sassuolo or Atalanta for the next season.
According to Milannews.it, however, while it’s true that Locatelli is concerned about his minutes next season, the Diavolo have no intention of giving him away as Manual, whose contract expires in 2020, is considered an integral part of the technical project of Rossoneri boss Vincenzo Montella. It’ll be up to Montella to decide Loca’s place in the regista hierarchy, but for the club, he’s not for sale.
Alfredo Pedullà meanwhile reports that Sinisa Mihajlovic has asked Torino to sign Locatelli, so with Manuel wanting to play and Milan wanting Andrea Belotti, something can happen between the clubs.