Juventus to lock starlet away from Man United, Spurs and Chelsea

According to Tuttosport, Juventus are planning to shield rising star Domenico Berardi from the attentions of the Premier League's biggest sides.

Domenico Berardi has a bright future ahead of him and Juventus want to ensure that it is in a Bianconeri shirt.

The 19-year-old has been magnificent this season and has netted 12 times for struggling minnows Sassuolo.

Berardi is currently co-owned by Juventus and Sassuolo and his long-term future will be decided in the summer.

There have been reports that Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are watching him, while there were reports that Tottenham had already tabled a bid.

However, Italian newspaper Tuttosport believes that Juventus are capable of fighting off any approaches from the Premier League.

The paper reports that Juventus are already gathering together the resources to buy full rights for Berardi from Sassuolo, which is expected to be around £8m, and that they intend to keep him in Turin for as long as possible.

There had been suggestions that Juventus would loan Berardi out again next season as their striking partnership of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente looks solid, but Tuttosport believes that Bianconeri adviser Pavel Nedved has stressed the need to bring the gifted marksman back to base.

Berardi converted a penalty yesterday for Sassuolo but they were well beaten 3-1 by lowly Livorno and now lead Livorno by just one point and bottom side Catania by three.

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