AC Milan starlet Manuel Locatelli is blazing a trail with the Rossoneri this term, having already scored two goals with his first two shots on target in Serie A.
The 18-year-old playmaker is one of the most promising products of the club’s academy alongside Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Calciomercato.com’s transfer pundit Fabrizio Romano has exclusively learned that Arsenal made an attempt to sign Locatelli last summer. Arsenal chief scout Neil Banfield had scouted the youngster several times last season and made an offer that AC Milan rejected without thinking twice.
Unlike Donnarumma, Locatelli has already signed his first professional contract with the Serie A side, but he could be offered a new deal if he carries on delivering world-class performances.
AC Milan are so convinced by Locatelli that they could decide to drop Milan Badelj in the January window. Fiorentina are still demanding €15 million for the Croatian midfielder, but Milan want to spend half of that.