Agent denies Berardi set to join Juventus

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Domenico Berardi's agent has denied speculation that the Sassuolo striker will join Juventus.

Speaking to Tutto Juve, the agent of Sassuolo striker and reported Tottenham Hotspur target Domenico Berardi has refuted reports that his client will join Juventus this summer.

Speculation mounted in March that Spurs, along with Juventus and AC Milan, were interested in signing the 21-year-old forward (Calciomercato), but Gazzetta Dello Sport reported last weekend that the Bianconeri - who previously co-owned the youngster - were ready to exercise their option to sign the £20 million-rated Italian.

His representative Simone Seghedoni indeed confirmed interest from Massimiliano Allegri's side, but stressed, via Tutto Juve, that the reigning Italian champions had not struck a deal with his client.

“The premise is wrong,” Seghedoni said. “You shouldn’t talk about resigning him, because he’s a Sassuolo player.

"Eventually we’ll have to talk about a purchase (but) he’s not a Juventus player. They’re not able to redeem him, he’s a Sassuolo player and he has a contract until 2019 with Sassuolo.

“Of course, Juventus have been following Domenico for years and are interested in him, but to date there’s nothing.”

 

The development might well prompt a proactive approach from Tottenham - and they could do with another striker. 

They have a wonderful squad, of course, but if there is one position where they need options then it is certainly up front. Harry Kane has been in incredible form once again this season, but there is no viable back-up option and that is something Mauricio Pochettino must address this summer.

How different would Spurs' season have been had Kane suffered a long-term injury in October? Pochettino needs to bolster that position during the off-season. Berardi has netted 37 Serie A goals since the 2013-14 season.

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