Leicester City have received a potentially significant boost in their pursuit of Sassuolo winger Domenico Berardi.
The Foxes have been linked with a move for the Italy international in recent weeks as Brendan Rodgers looks to strengthen his first-team squad.
Sassuolo’s CEO Giovanni Carnevali has now admitted he can’t ensure Berardi will stay at the Mapei Stadium next season, giving Leicester hope that a deal can be made.
The 26-year-old forward has been one of Serie A’s standout performers over the last few years, bagging 86 goals and providing a further 56 assists in 238 top-flight appearances for his boyhood club, and reports that he could be available this summer will surely delight Leicester chief Rodgers.
Cengiz Under has returned to parent club AS Roma after a disappointing loan spell at the King Power Stadium last term, leaving the Foxes light on numbers out wide. An injury to the highly-rated Harvey Barnes at the backend of 2020/21 saw the likes of Ayoze Perez and Ricardo Pereira forced to plug a gap on the right-hand side, undermining the team’s excellent early-season form.
With the ageing Marc Albrighton the only recognised right winger in Leicester’s first team squad, an extra body is badly needed if the Foxes are to finally finish inside the top four.
Berardi has established a solid reputation in his homeland for bursting down the wing with his blistering pace, before cutting inside on his favoured left foot and burying the ball beyond the keeper. He’s had no difficulty in transferring his impressive exploits at club level onto the international scene, laying on two assists for the Azzurri in their Euro 2020 group stage encounters.
Berardi’s possible addition to the FA Cup holders’ forward ranks would make them a daunting prospect for any Premier League defence next season, and the club’s supporters will surely be hoping that director of football Jon Rudkin can get this deal over the line.