Spurs chief Fabio Paratici has commented on one of the club’s transfer targets; Domenico Berardi…
Tottenham’s director of football Fabio Paratici has commented on Sassuolo winger Domenico Berardi and admitted that he tried to sign him at Juventus, claiming that he is a “great talent”, amid reported interest from Spurs in the forward’s services.
“Berardi was very close to Juventus, but I am happy for him because we have been in contact for three years.
“We started dealing with him after a few games, he is a great talent and it would have been a shame not to be able to show him internationally.”
Last month, it was reported that Tottenham are keen on a deal for the Italian international and that they have already spoken with the Serie A club over a potential deal. He is currently competing at the European Championships for his country, where he could face England in the final if Gareth Southgate and Roberto Mancini are able to guide their respective sides past the semi-final stage.
Paratici must swoop for Berardi this summer to bolster Nuno Santo’s squad. He is clearly a big fan of the Italian winger, given these quotes and the fact he tried to sign him whilst at Juventus in Serie A. He could already have the background information on Berardi needed to greenlight a pursuit of his signature, which is why this could be an ideal move for the club.
With Gareth Bale returning to Real Madrid upon the end of his loan spell, there is a vacant spot on the wing in Tottenham’s attack alongside Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son. Bale produced 11 goals and two assists in the Premier League, averaging an exceptional WhoScored rating of 7.30 – a score only Kane was able to better within Tottenham’s squad. This suggests that Paratici needs to bring in a quality addition to fill that gap and Berardi could be the man they need.
The £61k-per-week magician enjoyed a marvellous year in Serie A with Sassuolo. He scored 17 times and provided seven assists for his teammates, averaging a superb WhoScored rating of 7.43. This suggests that he could be an ideal replacement for Bale, with the Italian proving that he can score and create goals consistently at the top level.
Therefore, Spurs must swoop for him and make sure that they can get a deal over the line. He is a quality, proven attacker who still has plenty of years left to give at the age of 26.