Club chief confirms he’s received offers for €50million Liverpool target

Sassuolo director Giovanni Carnevali says that they have received offers from foreign clubs for Liverpool target Domenico Berardi.

He previously admitted Berardi could leave the club after telling Italian broadcaster Sportitalia: “I cannot promise that Berardi will stay. It is not a question of money.”

Offers received from outside Italy

Now, he has revealed that Sassuolo have received offers for the forward and added that all offers have come from outside Serie A which is an interesting note.

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)

“I didn’t speak to Milan about Berardi, but I have talked to my friend (Inter CEO Beppe) Marotta about [Giacomo] Raspadori, but our intention is to keep him,” said Carnevali, as reported by Football Italia.

“I think Berardi’s valuation is more suited to a move abroad and we only received offers from foreign clubs.”

This aligns with what La Gazzetta dello Sport reported at the end of June.

Only Premier League clubs can afford Berardi

They claimed that the 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 13: Domenico Berardi of Italy in action during an Italy training session at Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano on June 13, 2021 in Florence, Italy.
FLORENCE, ITALY – JUNE 13: Domenico Berardi of Italy in action during an Italy training session at Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano on June 13, 2021 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Leicester City are interested and so are Liverpool, with the Reds said to be ready to bid for Berardi, who is valued at €50million.

As Anfield Central covered in June, the winger revealed his desire to join Liverpool in the past and so signing him would be a fairly straightforward affair if an agreement could be reached with Sassuolo.

Berardi would be a good option but the best?

The 26-year-old has matured as a player since he said he’d like to move to Anfield and this season, he got 17 goals and 8 assists in Serie A.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Domenico Berardi of Italy shoots whilst under pressure from David Alaba of Austria during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Round of 16 match between Italy and Austria at Wembley Stadium at Wembley Stadium on June 26, 2021 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 26: Domenico Berardi of Italy shoots whilst under pressure from David Alaba of Austria during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Round of 16 match between Italy and Austria at Wembley Stadium at Wembley Stadium on June 26, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Yet, I wonder if he’s the perfect option. Of course, someone like Mbappe would cost over £100m even with one year left on his contract.

That said, someone like Donyell Malen would be ideal for the Reds as he’s cheap, versatile, clinical and blessed with unbelievable pace.

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

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