Chelsea interested in signing Sassuolo forward Domenico Berardi. The 26-year-old winger has turned many heads with his displays at UEFA Euro 2020, even prompting his wife to urge European clubs to consider signing the attacker.
One of the teams in contention to add Domenico are the Blues, but it appears they may have to fork out as much as €40m if they are to secure the services of the Neroverdi forward.
Borussia Dortmund are also courting Berardi, but the German club appear to be on the verge of securing a deal for Liverpool long-term target Donyell Malen, according to Dailymail.
The London club themselves are not the only English team linked with Italy international, as the forward was earlier approached by Liverpool as well.
However, it appears Liverpool have set their sights on other options, leaving their Premier League rivals in contention to add the Italian attacker.
Domenico is highly renowned as one of the most established forwards in Italy, having played nearly 300 competitive games for Sassuolo, scoring 86 goals while chipping in with 56 assists. Berardi mainly thrived under Roberto De Zerbi.
He was involved in as many as 49 league goals over the last couple of years in Serie A, often emerging as the Neroverdi’s weapon-in-chief going forward.
Domenico fits the bill perfectly at the London club, which are on the hunt for talented forwards who can add more depth in the German manager’s attacking disposal next campaign.
Berardi may even turn out to be the perfect replacement for Hakim Ziyech, who is facing an uncertain future at Chelsea despite arriving in England last summer. Atletico Madrid have been one of the teams interested in the services of the 28-year-old attacker, according to Caughtoffside.
His possible departure, combined with the uncertain future of Callum Hudson-Odoi and even Timo Werner, should ideally pave the way for Domenico to become a crucial first-team component for the Blues next campaign.
However, it stays unlikely that the London club would be willing to splash €40m on Berardi. Although a star of the Euro 2020 tournament for Italy, Domenico certainly does not have the flair and potential of some of his fellow compatriots, including Federico Chiesa, another Blues target.
And with the German manager keen on other investments in the summer, a move for the Italian forward stays unlikely.