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Report: Manuel Locatelli close to Sassuolo move

The Milan youth product might be on the move to Sassuolo, but Milan want a buy-back clause.

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AC Milan youth product Manuel Locatelli could be on his way to Sassuolo soon, according to multiple reports.

Sassuolo and Milan have been talking over the potential sale of the 20-year-old midfielder for the past week or so, and according to reports from Sky, could be close to an agreement for an €11 million deal.

Di Marzio, however, reports that Milan are pursuing including a buy-back clause in the deal, which is still being ironed out.

Locatelli is one of three players at his position in Milan’s squad, the other two being 33-year-old Ricardo Montolivo and 32-year-old Lucas Biglia. Locatelli played in 21 matches for Milan this past season, starting five of them. He also plays for Italy’s U-21 team.

The possibility of Locatelli leaving the club has been in the cards for a few weeks, with Milan being reportedly willing to sell the promising midfielder for the right price. Real Betis and Cagliari were linked to the player, but Locatelli reportedly prefers Sassuolo. The possible replacement for him would be former Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj, who is currently a free agent.

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