Could Everton really lure Sassuolo superstar Domenico Berardi away from Serie A?

Arrigo Sacchi

It’s fair to say Arrigo Sacchi can identify talent when he sees it. Until Real Madrid broke the mould in Cardiff a few weeks ago, his legendary AC Milan side were the last to retain the European Cup.

Revolutionising Italian football with high pressing, attacking football, Sacchi led Paolo Maldini, Ruud Gullit, Marco Van Basten and co into the record books. Therefore, when he singles out a gangly 19-year-old as a ‘great talent’, you better sit up and take notice.

Thus, Everton fans should be more than a little excited as Corriere Dello Sport links them with a rising star who caught the eye of a man who has worked with some of the all-time great football players.

The report claims that Domenico Berardi, arguably the most exciting talent in Italian football, has been watched by Everton frequently in recent months. The 22-year-old exploded onto the scene by scoring all four goals as little Sassuolo stunned AC Milan 4-3 back in January 2014 – becoming the second youngest player in Serie A history to hit four in a single game.

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Since then, Berardi has gone from strength to strength, despite hitting just five goals in an injury stricken 2016/17 campaign.

Domenico Berardi has represented Italy at Under-21 level

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Therefore, it’s fair to say luring Berardi would be a watershed moment for Everton. After all, every European giant worth their salt have been linked at some point. He’s also been tipped to join former Sassuolo boss Eusebio Di Francesco at Roma, possibly in an attempt to fill the gaping void left by the retirement of Francesco Totti.

But if Everton supporters need any more proof of Berardi’s talent, heed Sacchi’s words.

“Berardi is a player of great talent, a modern footballer who plays for the team all over the field,” said Sacchi in quotes reported by FourFourTwo. “He has liveliness, intuition, temperament and strength combined with a good technique.

“He is an introverted youngster, but with his head on his shoulders. I don’t think popularity will make him lose enthusiasm and desire to improve.”

Whether that will be under Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park remains to be seen.

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