It’s been a busy and successful summer for Leicester City so far, with Brendan Rodgers adding four major signings to his first-team squad, but there’s still a significant gap that needs to be plugged.
The Foxes were heavily linked with a move for PSV Eindhoven winger Noni Madueke in recent weeks as they look to bolster their options on the right-hand side of attack.
However, the England Under-21 international has put pen to paper on a lengthy new deal at the Philips Stadion, meaning Rodgers and director of football Jon Rudkin will have to focus their attention on alternative targets.
One such option is Domenico Berardi. The Sassuolo forward was part of Italy’s victorious squad in this year’s European Championship, providing two assists in six appearances for the Azzurri throughout the tournament.
And his impressive displays at Euro 2020 saw him reportedly catch the eye of Leicester and several other top teams across the continent.
Well-known journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano provided an update on the Midlands outfit’s pursuit of the 26-year-old at the start of the month, relaying a quote from Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali on the situation.
He tweeted: “Sassuolo CEO Carnevali about Domenico Berardi and Leicester rumours: ‘We want to keep Berardi, he’s our top player. If we receive an important bid, we will discuss about it and take a decision together with the player. But we’re not selling our stars later in August’.”
Now though, with Madueke no long available, Rodgers and Rudkin must made Berardi their priority and do all they can to bring him to the King Power Stadium ahead of his other potential suitors.
With Leicester currently boasting Marc Albrighton as their only natural option on the right-wing, pulling off a move for the £31.5m-rated Berardi would provide Rodgers with added quality and competition in the final third of the pitch.
Tottenham’s director of football Fabio Paratici has previously commented on the highly-rated winger and admitted that he tried to sign him at Juventus, claiming that he is a “great talent” amid reported interest from Spurs.
Therefore, Rudkin must swoop for the highly sort after wide man, providing Rodgers with the strength in depth he needs to finally take Leicester back to the Champions League.