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Chelsea have reportedly been told to pay €40m to secure services of Sassuolo’s forward Domenico Berardi, according to Gazzetta dello Sport reports.

Serie A outfits are preparing for life without their star player Domenico Berardi. The Italian international has enjoyed a stunning Euro 2020 tournament playing a vital role for Roberto Mancini’s side to claim the title.

One of the teams in contention to secure the services of Berardi are Chelsea. However, it appears they have to pay as much as €40m if they are keen on luring him at Stamford Bridge ahead of the 2021/22 season; Borussia Dortmund are also in the market for offensive reinforcements and keeping close tabs on his signature.

Chelsea direct Premier League rivals Liverpool are also believed to be interested in the signing of 17-goals Sassuolo forward, it appears the Merseyside Reds have set their sights on other alternatives, leaving the Blues in contention to sign the 26-year-old Sassuolo forward.

The 26-year-old Serie A forward is highly renowned as one of the best attackers in the Italian top-tier having played almost 300 games for the club, founding back of the net 86 times while assisting 56 times.

Berardi fits the bill perfectly at Thomas Tuchel’s side, which are on the hunt for a talented forward who can increase their depth in the Blues attacking disposal for the 2021/22 season. The Sassuolo winger may even turn out to be an ideal replacement for Hakim Ziyech, who has been recently linked with a switch to AC Milan.

La Liga giants, Atletico Madrid have been one of the teams interested in securing the services of the Moroccan international. His potential exit, combined with the uncertain future of Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi, should ideally pave the way for Berardi to join Thomas Tuchel’s side and fight fro the starting role at Stamford Bridge.

However, it remains unlikely that the West London club would be ready to splash €40m for an Italian attacker. Although a star of the Euro 2020 for Italy, Berardi certainly does not have the flair and potential of some of his fellow compatriots, including Federico Chiesa, who has also been rumoured with a switch to Chelsea. And with Thomas Tuchel keen on other investments this summer, a move for the Italian international remains unlikely.