Sassuolo confirm €2m loan of Locatelli from AC Milan

AC Milan’s Manuel Locatelli has completed a loan move to Sassuolo, who have an obligation to purchase the midfielder.

Locatelli burst on to the scene as a teenager with a wondergoal in a 1-0 Serie A defeat of Juventus in October 2016.

But the 20-year-old started only five league games in the 2017-18 season and has been allowed to leave by coach Gennaro Gattuso.

Sassuolo are reported to have paid €2 million (£1.8m/$2.3m) to loan Locatelli, while the permanent deal to be completed next year is said to be worth €12m (£10.7m/$13.6m).

Milan confirmed the deal on their official website, praising the midfielder’s work during his time at the Giuseppe Meazza: “AC Milan wishes Manuel the best of luck in his future sporting career, thanking him for his professionalism and commitment to the club.”

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Locatelli played just 63 games for Milan over the course of three seasons, with his best spell coming in 2016-17 when he featured in 25 Serie A matches, scoring twice.

He has played for Italy up to Under-21 level and will be eligible to be part of the Azzuri squad when they host the 2019 European U-21 Championship next June.

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