Domenico Berardi is one of a whole host of stars who played their way into the shop window during Italy’s run to Euro 2020 success, with a number of clubs across Europe keeping tabs on his situation.
At club level, Berardi plies his trade for Serie A outfit Sassuolo, who are having a hard enough time at the moment trying to fend off interest for another one of their stars in Manuel Locatelli.
Recent reports indicated that Berardi may be available for a move to the Premier League this summer, providing that any of his suitors stump up as much as £40m on the forward.
Chelsea were the biggest English side rumoured to be interested in the striker, with Thomas Tuchel’s men on the prowl for a goal-scorer before the new season.
However, that now appears to not be the case, at least not according to Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carneval, who gave an update on Berardi’s future to Italian publication Tuttosport.
Carneval stood firm in his stance that Berardi, along with a number of his talented teammates, would not be going anywhere anytime soon.
He said: “Caputo, Boga, Berardi and Locatelli won’t be sold. We’ve received lots of offers for them, but we’ve rejected all of them.
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“We won’t give up our best players because we have an ambitious project with De Zerbi, with Berardi being the leader of this team.”
Berardi is undoubtedly a club legend at Sassuolo, having originally joined the outfit just under ten years ago, the 26-year-old has gone on to become the outfit’s all-time record goal-scorer in all competitions.
The forward spent two years at Serie A giants Juventus, who co-owned Sassuolo at the time, but failed to make a single appearance over the course of two seasons in Turin.
Berardi still has three years to left to run on his current Sassuolo contract, ensuring the side are hardly in a position where they are forced to sell for less than they’d like.
If Chelsea are serious in their interest, it will likely take more than they paid for Timo Werner last season to prize Berardi away from his boyhood club.
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