On Friday it was reported that Liverpool had ‘entered the race’ for Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli – joining Juventus and Arsenal as the main protagonists for the Italian.

The Reds’ perceived participation could have proven to be short-lived as the two Serie A clubs were scheduled to meet once again to discuss a possible transfer.

However, according to Sky Sports Italia, as cited by LFC Transfer Room on Twitter, those negotiations have been fruitless.

Another report from journalist Gianluca di Marzio states that the parties will meet for a fourth time in an attempt to strike a deal for the 23-year-old as the Old Lady stand firm on a loan move with an obligation to buy.

Locatelli is hot property following a superb domestic campaign backed up by playing a key role in Italy’s success at the European Championships this summer.

The 15-cap ace scored twice at Euro 2020 having netted four times and registered three assists in 34 league outings last season.

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Valued at £31.5million and under contract at Sassuolo until 2023 (Transfermarkt), signing Locatelli for the mooted £34million asking price would be a relative bargain.

Albeit predominantly a defensive midfielder – a role reserved for Fabinho – the Italian is capable of operating in a box to box role at the heart of any side.

Possessing a range of attributes that would make the star the ideal Gini Wijnaldum replacement, whilst Juve may still be favourites, Liverpool would be wise to swoop as soon as possible.

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