Manchester United set to miss out in race for 'the next Francesco Totti'

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United along with Manchester City, Liverpool and Southampton reportedly looked at him but now it appears 18-year-old Domenico Berardi is on his way to Juventus.

In 2012 we bought you the story of Italian forward Domenico Berardi and even went as far as too dub him the ‘next Francesco Totti’ due to his precocious talents.

A tall and rangy attacker with a wonderful footballing brain he certainly adopts similar characteristics to the Italian legend. An exquisite passer of the ball and possessing a talent for long range shooting ability he also shows an enviable positional dexterity across the front-line. Used out wide when he features for current club Sassuolo of Serie B he is clearly more suited to a central role where he could utilise his technical ability and goal threat to greater effect. 

He has featured in 18 games this season for the club scoring four goals at the age of 18 and his performances have attracted interest from far and wide. Premier league teams such as Manchester City, Southampton and Liverpool were reportedly looking at him previously but it was Manchester United who were believed to be at the front of any queue for his services. 

'The interest from Manchester United? The player is followed with great attention by many clubs, including the Red Devils and also Juventus. But there are other Italian and foreign sides who have observed him in recent games. Domenico deserves attention; he has great qualities and he’s showing it.'

Yet it is being reported that it is the latter side in the above quote from a club representative in September who are now believed to be in pole position for the player.

Despite apparent interest from Italian clubs Inter Milan, Palermo and Napoli on top of the English efforts to lure him away it is Juventus who are now in pole position to sign the teenager who has helped Sassuolo to the summit of Italian footballs second tier and in a strong position for promotion to Serie A.

Juve and Sassuolo have a good working relationship which has seen the Bianconeri loan or co-own players with their less illustrious counterparts; as seen with Ghanaian protégé Richmond Boakye. It is believed that this link is helping them gain the edge on any of their rivals from across Europe.

Berardi himself is contracted until 2015 and has stayed quiet on the intense speculation surrounding him. Manchester United have a good record of prying away promising Italian talent as seen previously with Giussepe Rossi, Federico Macheda and Davide Petrucci but on this occasion it appears they will lose out and Juve will be the proud owners of a talented teen with a wand of a left foot.

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