An update has emerged on Leicester transfer target Domenico Berardi regarding how much Sassuolo are demanding for his services.
The report claims that Milan and Lazio have been tracking Berardi in Serie A, whilst Leicester and Liverpool are the two teams from the Premier League showing an interest in his services.
Leicester director Jon Rudkin must seal a deal for Berardi at £34m as he could complete Brendan Rodgers’ attack for next season by bringing the Italy international to England. The Foxes already have James Maddison, Harvey Barnes, Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy at their disposal, but they are missing a top-quality right-sided attacker among their attacking arsenal.
Berardi could be the player they are lacking and he could take Marc Albrighton’s place in the side. In eight games as a starter on the right of midfield, the Leicester veteran recorded a modest WhoScored rating of 6.67 as he registered zero goals and one assist in those games. He started 13 games as a winger in all competitions, scoring once and setting up three goals.
This suggests that Rodgers needs a player to come in and take Albrighton’s place, and that is where Berardi comes in. Former Italy head coach Arrigo Sacchi once hailed the 26-year-old as a “great talent” and backed his shy personality to help him cope with becoming a successful footballer at the top level.
The one-time AC Milan boss told FourFourTwo: “Berardi is a player of great talent, a modern footballer who plays for the team all over the field.
“He has liveliness, intuition, temperament and strength combined with a good technique.
“He is an introverted youngster, but with his head on his shoulders. I don’t think popularity will make him lose enthusiasm and desire to improve.”
The wing wizard enjoyed a wonderful 2020/21 campaign with Sassuolo in Serie A. Across 28 league starts in Italy, Berardi accrued 17 goals and seven assists, averaging a phenomenal WhoScored rating of 7.42. To put this into the context of Leicester’s squad, he would rank first in WhoScored ratings and goals, whilst he would also come second in terms of assists.
Imagine him and Barnes on each flank for the Foxes, bombing down to the byline, scoring and creating goals alongside Maddison, Youri Tielemans, Iheanacho and Vardy. It could lead to some exciting, free-flowing football in the Midlands and that is why Leicester must pounce on the Italian dynamo and bring him to the Premier League this summer.