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Locatelli reacts to transfer ‘gossip’ amid Arsenal & Juventus links

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Eye-catching performances at the international stage have helped the Italian midfielder attract the attention of some of Europe’s top sides.

Manuel Locatelli is reluctant to be drawn into all the speculations surrounding his future, saying “useless to talk about it.”

After impressing with Sassuolo in Serie A last season, Locatelli continues to make headlines while on international duty. Italy became the first team to progress to the knockout stages of Euro 2020, with the 23-year-old – who has scored two goals in two games – playing a key role.

His future, as a result, has become a subject of discussion. Arsenal are said to be tracking Locatelli, Massimiliano Allegri reportedly wants him at Juventus, while Manchester City are also said to be mulling over a move.

The midfielder, though, refuses to get distracted as his sole focus at present is on bringing success to an ambitious Azzurri side. 

“[The transfer rumours are] just talk. I will decide after the European Championship,” he said, as Goal reports.

“There’s such an important competition to play in, and I’m only focused on this.

“I rely on what happens on the pitch, the real things, everything else is just gossip, it’s useless to talk about it.”

“When you’re involved in such an important competition, you’re only focused on the task in hand. We see the kids in the street when we travel to our games waving flags, so it’s quite easy to stay focused on the match.

“I’m focused on what happens on the pitch because that’s what is real. Everything else is just gossip and there’s no point worrying about it.”