Manuel Locatelli

Manuel Locatelli




Country: Italy

Date of birth: 08/01/1998 (17 years old)

Place of birth: Lecco (Italy)

Height: 183cm

Youth career: AC Milan

Current club: AC Milan

Squad number: —

Current national team: Italy U-19

Position: defensive midfielder, central midfielder

Preferred foot: right

Market value (by 150.000 € 

Tournaments participated in: 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualification elite round (2/0), 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship (5/0)

Contract until: 30.06.2018

Player’s agent: unknown

Similar type of player: Riccardo Montolivo



– passing Untitled1

– vision Untitled1

– tactical intelligence Untitled1

– composure Untitled1

– teamwork Untitled

– ability to read the game Untitled

– concentration Untitled

– creativity Untitled

– technique Untitled



– physical strength


Style of play:

– deep-lying playmaker/regista

– likes to play long balls

– likes to orchestrate play with his passing and creativity

– calm and level headed

– dictates the tempo of the game

– very good in combination play

– exceptional precision when passing and crossing

– outstanding vision and extremely accurate long-range passing ability

– often drops deep and is involved in the buildup of plays

– likes to hold on to the ball and assess passing options on the move

– excellent positional sense and an acute tactical ability to read the game

– good vision and comfort on the ball

– high number of touches and passes per game

– finds himself best in positional attack


He is best suited to playing as:

Central midfielder in 4-4-2.







League summary:

No senior team appearances yet.



Manuel Locatelli is a product of AC Milan youth academy. He is one of the biggest talents of a very strong generation of Milan players born in 1998 which includes, among others, Patrick Cutrone, Andres Llamas, Mattia El Hilali and Zakaria Hamadi. He has been a star of the youth teams for a few years. This season, he was called for the first time to join the first squad and sat on the bench during the Serie A game against Udinese. It is almost certain that he will make his senior debut for the “Rossoneri” very soon. He has been a youth Italy international for many years – starting at U-15 all the way through U-19. He played at the UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2015 in Bulgaria, but despite having a very strong team, young “Squadra Azzurra” were knocked out at the quarter final stage after a 3-0 defeat against eventual champions France.



“To say that Milan’s head of youth team scouting, Mauro Bianchessi, thinks highly of Manuel Locatelli would be understating it. ‘He can be the next captain of Milan,’ said Bianchessi. ‘He’s a bit [Andrea] Pirlo and a bit [Riccardo] Montolivo.’ Cooler heads would point out that the teenager has not yet cracked the first team, but it is true that a good many people at Milanello expect him to do so with time. Equipped with an impressive range of passing, he can dictate the tempo of a game from his preferred position as a deep-lying regista.”



Football Talent Scout potential rating:

9/10   BallBallBallBallBallBallBallBallBall

Player has potential to become a key player in a top European club.





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