The Premier League champions have been interested in the Italain for the longest time as Pep Guardiola seeks a replacement for Fernandinho, and have been tracking Locatelli prior to the midfielder lighting up Euro 2020 with Italy.
The 23-year-old mildfielder scored two brilliant goals as Italy continued their wonderful start to Euro 2020 on Wednesday night.
City face stiff competition from Juventus as Massimiliano Allegri has made Locatelli one of his top targets since returning for a second spell as coach.
According to Fabrizio Romano, the player is ‘100% open’ to trying something different from Italian football, but Juventus are leading the race, and in negotiations with Sassuolo.
The news was shared on Twitter by City Xtra, and it attracted plenty of attention from the club’s supporters, who took to the social media platform to share their thoughts and opinions.
I didn’t know it was a race, most Italian player don’t leave Italy anyway— papite (@jgedeon1717) June 17, 2021
I always feel if one of the big clubs come in for players who are Italian in Italy it’s essentially a done deal so if he’s talking to Juve I imagine he will go there… Well unless Mancini puts a good word in 😂— Fletcher Skim (@DaveSkimmin) June 17, 2021
very good player but won’t be gutted if we don’t get him, not the perfect dinho replacement— ⚡ (@Ethan4707) June 17, 2021
Rodri is clear.— D’JA ROULE (@AyoubHachem__) June 17, 2021
Getting a defensive midfielder is not one of City’s priorities this summer pic.twitter.com/S9VLHZeaAA— Ash (@_CityAsh) June 17, 2021
He joined Sassuolo on loan in 2018 and turned the move permanent in 2019, making a total of 99 appearances for the Serie A club, scoring seven goals with 11 assists.