Maurizio Sarri has given his backing to the ‘over-criticised’ Federico Bernardeschi after Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal were linked with a £33 million Juventus winger, speaking to Sky Italia.
Fiorentina fans everywhere were suffering a less-than-welcome case of déjà vu when their floppy-fringed talisman sealed a controversial move to bitter rivals Juve in the summer of 2017.
But if the La Viola faithful were worried that Bernardeschi would emulate the legendary Roberto di Baggio in Turin, the 26-year-old has sated those concerns during three rather underwhelming years at the reigning Serie A champions.
Bernardeschi produced 19 goals and assists during his final season in Florence but he has come nowhere near to replicating those impressive figures in the iconic black and white kit.
As a result, Tuttosport suggests that Juventus would be more than happy to send the Italy international to Wolves as part of a deal that could see Raul Jimenez move in the other direction.
But if Bernardeschi is fighting for his future, then he certainly produced the perfect response on Monday night.
A brilliant backheeled assist for Paulo Dybala capped the inconsistent winger’s finest performance of 2020, and earned him some welcome praise from the famously detached Sarri.
“Fede had done well in his last two substitute appearances, so he gave the impression that he was in good shape. He did well defensively as well as attacking, so I’m pleased for him. He is a lad who is often over-criticised and under-valued,” the former Chelsea and Napoli boss says.
Gazzetta dello Sport reported in May that Arsenal are interested in Bernardeschi too, despite the fact that a left-footed right-winger pretty much shares an identical skillset with Nicolas Pepe.
And if Bernardeschi wants to save his Juventus career, he will need to prove that a Man of the Match display against Bologna is more than an anomalie.
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