Liverpool ready to bid for €50m attacker after statement of defeat from club CEO

Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali refused to rule out selling Domenico Berardi with Liverpool reportedly ready to bid for the Italian.

Liverpool are looking to bounce back from a third-place finish in the Premier League and have already signed Ibrahima Konate to give Jurgen Klopp more options in defence.

He also needs another attacker to compete with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

CEO Carnevali admits Berardi might leave

Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali has admitted that Berardi could leave the club which will come as a major boost to Liverpool if they hold a genuine interest in the forward.

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.”

PARMA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 25: Domenico Berardi of US Sassuolo looks on during the Serie A match between Parma Calcio and US Sassuolo at Stadio Ennio Tardini on September 25, 2019 in Parma, Italy.
PARMA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 25: Domenico Berardi of US Sassuolo looks on during the Serie A match between Parma Calcio and US Sassuolo at Stadio Ennio Tardini on September 25, 2019 in Parma, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Crucially, Liverpool’s ability to negotiate a favourable price or even a better payment structure will be bolstered by Sassuolo admitting they have little power to stop Berardi from leaving.

The number one way to get the best possible deal is to outwardly make it seem as though you have other options which Liverpool do all the time by leaking news of interest in other forwards.

Liverpool interested in signing Berardi

At the weekend, La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that financial repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic mean that Italian clubs cannot afford to sign Berardi and so his Premier League suitors are the favourites to land him.

FLORENCE, ITALY - JUNE 08: Domenico Berardi of Italy in action during a Italy training session at Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano on June 08, 2021 in Florence, Italy.
FLORENCE, ITALY – JUNE 08: Domenico Berardi of Italy in action during a Italy training session at Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano on June 08, 2021 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

They claim that Leicester City, Tottenham and Liverpool are keeping an eye on the winger with Sassuolo valuing the 26-year-old at €50million – a price that is reportedly out of the realms of possibility for Serie A teams.

The Reds are yet to bid for the winger but are ready to do so if the opportunity presents itself.

Why the Italian is of interest to Klopp

Anyone that has kept a close eye on Sassuolo this season or had a few glimpses of Berardi in action for Italy at the EUROs will know why he’s a huge talent.

Not only has he drastically improved in terms of contributing with more goals and assists but he’s more heavily involved in build-up play and is a menace to defend.

ROME, ITALY - JUNE 16: Manuel Locatelli of Italy celebrates with team mates after scoring their side's second goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group A match between Italy and Switzerland at Olimpico Stadium on June 16, 2021 in Rome, Italy.
ROME, ITALY – JUNE 16: Manuel Locatelli of Italy celebrates with team mates after scoring their side’s second goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group A match between Italy and Switzerland at Olimpico Stadium on June 16, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

His pace is one thing but his ability to draw defenders in before he jinks past them with a piece of skill is wonderful to watch and makes him hugely difficult to defend.

I mentioned this the other day but his assist for Manuel Locatelli against Switzerland was fabulous.

He ran 50 yards with the ball, deftly took Manuel Akanji out of the game with a subtle touch before he squared the ball to his Italian teammate to open the scoring at the Stadio Olimpico.

Even though Michael Edwards would likely be able to sign him for below €50m, that would still be a decent price.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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