Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move for Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport.
Berardi was directly involved in 25 goals (17 goals, eight assists) in 30 appearances for Sassuolo last season.
The 26-year-old averaged 3.8 shots, 1.9 key passes and one dribble per game in Serie A (via WhoScored).
He earned a call-up from Roberto Mancini for the European Championships and created Italy’s opener against Turkey on Friday.
With three years still to run on his contract, Sassuolo are said to have slipped a €50million (£43million) price tag on Berardi.
But the player himself ‘feels ready for the big leap’ of a high-profile move, and the report claims the most significant interest has come from the Premier League, with Spurs ‘thinking about’ a swoop.
Fabio Paratici, who will take up his post as managing director of football in July, is apparently a long-term admirer of Berardi.
Arsenal and Manchester United could rival Spurs, having ‘knocked on the door’ of Sassuolo.
Berardi’s numbers in Serie A are hugely impressive but he would have to adjust to a new league after spending his entire career in Italy.
At just 26 years of age though, he has plenty of time to develop as he enters his prime, and he could well be the final piece of the puzzle in the Spurs attack – he once scored four times in a Serie A match aged just 19, becoming the youngest player to do so and even prompting Mario Balotelli, his opponent on the day, to drool over his display on Twitter (via ESPN).
Maybe Spurs will be reluctant to shell out £43m, but if Paratici is really a big fan of the man who has bagged 105 goals with 67 assists in 291 Sassuolo appearances, then perhaps Daniel Levy would be wise to pull the trigger and let his new transfer guru start off with a bang.
In other news, Spurs are eyeing another Serie A star.
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