Pavel Nedved insists Juventus made an offer for Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli that ‘is appropriate for the current climate’ ahead of tonight’s friendly with Monza.
The Bianconeri have had several meetings with Sassuolo for the Italy international, who snubbed bigger proposals from Arsenal and potentially even Liverpool, as he has his heart set on the Old Lady.
“We spoke to Sassuolo and we made our offer, which we believe is appropriate for the current climate, with the way finances and the transfer market have been affected by COVID,” Nedved told Sport Mediaset.
“We are convinced this is a good offer and it is the right one. We are always confident, naturally in negotiations there are things that must be clarified and resolved. When you want a player and that player wants you, it’s clear…”
It’s believed Juventus are offering to take Locatelli on loan with obligation to buy, for a total of circa €30-35m.
That is considerably less than the €40m plus €5m in bonuses that Arsenal bid, but Locatelli has made his position clear.
Nonetheless, Sassuolo have warned they will gladly keep the 23-year-old Italy international unless a suitable offer arrives.
Nedved was speaking ahead of tonight’s Trofeo Berlusconi match against Serie B side Monza.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Pavel Nedved were left behind in Turin to continue their recovery.
“Ronaldo is our player, he has a year left on his contract and we are happy to have him with us. He guaranteed goals every year, and a lot of them too. He’s a top level player and we are counting on him.”
Monza: Di Gregorio, Sampirisi, Bellusci, Caldirola, Pedro Pereira, Brescianini, Barillà, Machin, Carlos Augusto, D’Alessandro, Gytkjaer
Juventus: Szczesny; De Sciglio, Demiral, de Ligt, Pellegrini; Ranocchia, Ramsey, Rabiot; Kulusevski, Brighenti, Soulè