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The 23-year-old Sassuolo midfielder was a revelation for the club in Italy last season and their sporting director, Giovanni Carnevali, has confirmed that the Gunners are the leading contender to sign their star man.
"Juventus are the only Italian club we talked to about Locatelli," Carnevali told Sky Sports in Italy.
"We met last week with [Juventus sporting director Federico] Cherubini.
"There is interest from their side, we haven't explored all the terms and evaluations, but we have an excellent relationship with Juventus so we will continue these talks.
"It's true that other clubs from abroad are interested, Arsenal are one of these and they are ahead of everyone else because they tabled the only concrete offer we have received so far."
Juventus were close to signing the young prospect last season, with Sassuolo slapping a £34m price tag on him.
Only time will tell to see where Locatelli will be playing his football next season - especially after Arsenal failed to qualify for Europe.