Manchester City continue to look and scout Sassuolo's 23 year-old midfielder Manuel Locatelli, according to Fabrizio Romano on the latest episode of the Here We Go podcast, and there has also been an update on the status of the reported interest.
The interest from Pep Guardiola's side first emerged in early January, when an exclusive report from the Mail claimed that the current Premier League leaders had 'shortlisted' the Italy international ahead of a potential summer move.
At the time, the report suggested that Locatelli featured 'prominently' on their list of targets, and the feeling then was that any deal for the player would cost upwards of £30 million.
The interest remains as we enter March, and edge closer to the summer window.
According to Fabrizio Romano on the latest edition of the Here We Go podcast, Manchester City are still 'looking' at Manuel Locatelli, and are 'scouting' the player. However, Romano reaffirms that at this stage, there has been no contact between the Premier League club and the player's agent, and Sassuolo have not received anything regarding interest from City.
Similar to the valuation outlined by the Mail in early January, Fabrizio Romano states that the 23 year-old has been valued at between €40 million and €45 million - which may provide Manchester City with some sort of incentive to pursue the player in greater detail over the course of the coming months.
The fees in question seem to align themselves with the strategies often undertaken by Manchester City when pursuing targets, with Etihad officials seemingly hesitant to break the bank or enter into high-profile bidding wars for their targets.
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