According to Sassuolo News, Liverpool might have a card to exploit in the pursuit of Berardi but the Italian could cost €50million.
Fresh of Italy’s dramatic win over England in the final of the European Championship at Wembley, Berardi’s stock has never been higher and Sassuolo look set to cash in.
Sassuolo News reports that the Serie A outfit will look to recoup around €40million for the 26-year-old but Liverpool could be forced to pay a Premier League premium of €10million to secure his signature.
They can use their interest in Marko Grujic as a way to engineer a move for the EURO 2020 winner.
AC Milan are credited with an interest but as predicted by CEO Giovanni Carnevali, Italian sides are unlikely to be able to afford big moves this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sportitalia, as cited and translated by Inside Futbol, Carnevali said: “I cannot promise that Berardi will stay. It is not a question of money.”
Signing Berardi would be a fairytale story as he said in 2019 that he would love to move to Anfield but a move never materialised.
Spending €50million on Berardi seems unlikely given that Liverpool are more in need of a centre forward to compete with Roberto Firmino.
The Brazilian is a top player but his levels dipped last season and in order to ensure that it doesn’t cost the Reds this season, Jurgen Klopp needs to act proactively.
As we have reported, Liverpool are waiting to offload deadwood before they can take their next steps in the transfer market and have told Donyell Malen they’d match Borussia Dortmund’s €100,000 per week offer.
The only way signing Berardi would make any sense would be if Klopp moved Salah into a central role to accommodate the Italian on the wing.
But given that he’s an unknown quantity on the wing, it’s not a risk worth taking to shift Liverpool’s best attacker out of his position.